Columbus School 2nd Graders Learn Nutrition on National Food Day

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Monday, October 24, 2011
 
 
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COLUMBUS FAMILY ACADEMY 2nd GRADERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL FOOD DAY WITH TEACH-IN ON GOOD NUTRITION
 
 
Columbus Family Academy 2nd graders celebrated National Food Day today by walking to the nearly Chabaso Bakery community garden for a teach-in on nutrition by New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) Executive Director of Food Services Chef Timothy Cipriano.
 
 
 National Food Day, which is today, is organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The event focuses attention on nutrition and healthy eating. This year’s theme is encouraging consumption of healthy, affordable food grown in sustainable and humane ways.
 
 
Cipriano and NHPS dietitian Sarah Bourque’s "Eating Real” teach-in used  a special curriculum developed for Food Day by the Center for Food & Environment at Columbia University.
 
 
 
“This curriculum is powerful in its simplicity,” Cipriano said. “It provides tools that teachers can use to promote Food Day goals throughout the school year.”
 
As part of the teach-in’s focus on whole grains, students sampled Chabaso Bakery’s new “Ollie Bread” made with all natural ingredients and whole grains such as wheat, honey, raisins, millet, flax and rye.  In addition to healthy products, Chabaso’s commitment to healthy eating includes the community garden where the event took place.
 
Chabaso Bakery owner and operator Charles Negaro said, “The Chabaso family, my wife Nancy our children, our employees and I, hope to make a difference by improving the health and wellbeing of our community.”
 
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of New Haven, who attended the event, is national co-chair of Food Day.