Wellness in the Schools
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More than one in three children under 18 are overweight or obese in the United States. Children spend about 12,000 hours in school between kindergarten and high school graduation, providing the ideal environment to disrupt a pattern of obesity and positively impact wellness behavior. Wellness in the Schools is a national non-profit that teaches kids healthy habits to learn and live better. We partner with public schools to provide nutrition and fitness education, healthy scratch-cooked meals and active recess periods. Trained culinary graduates partner with cafeteria staff to feed kids real food, and fitness coaches encourage schools to let kids play. Our approach improves student outcomes and drives systemic, long-term change, shifting school cultures and ultimately fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. Wellness in the Schools currently works in public schools in Key Biscayne and Liberty City and places a trained culinary professional in the schools to effect change from within the school by working alongside students, teachers, and staff. We provide our students the skill and knowledge to choose healthy ingredients and to make simple health meals for themselves and their families.
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WITS culinary school graduates work in schools to train school staff to prepare scratch-cooked menus.