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Kids in the Kitchen at Whole Foods
Kris Tavalero is a local chef and nutrition student. As part of her studies, Kris has researched and written many school papers on various nutrition subjects, one of them being the societal concern of child obesity. In her research, she found a website called “letsmove.gov” which is a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama and is “dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.” This program is for all children however, and creates a fantastic awareness around healthy eating and being active. After contacting Jan Wilcox of Mercy Folsom, a local affiliation resource for the National Let’s Move Program, the two women joined forces to set up a free cooking event at Whole Foods Market in Folsom on August 18th. The packed class of 16 kids between the ages of 8 and 12 were engaged in a fully interactive cooking and nutrition lesson that included kitchen safety, nutrition information, hands on cooking, take home treats and many other educational cooking related activities. As a group, they prepared Baked Vegetable Wonton Triangles, Fancy Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip, No Bake Granola Muffin Cups, Secret Sparkling Lemonade and Mint Berry Ice Cubes.
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