FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRANT PROVIDES LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WITH HEALTHY COOKING CLASSES AS EXPANSION OF GARDEN PROGRAM.
SOLANA BEACH, CALIFORNIA
JANUARY 30, 2012
The increase in childhood diabetes is familiar news. This week, this series of field trips perfectly showcase the positive steps being taken in Solana Beach to thwart that increase, and develop nutrition understanding and cooking skills in our children.
Students from Skyline Elementary School http://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/sky/ are walking across the street this week, to enjoy lessons in healthy food preparation at the “Sunny Yellow Cottage” called the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle http://www.positiveplacesd.org/CHL.htm, all made possible by a grant from the Sage Garden Project https://sagegardenproject.org/~acadfo5/sagegardenproject.org/.
Vivacious chef teacher, Amanda Curry, known as the driving force behind The Good Food Factory http://www.thegoodfoodfactory.com/ is leading the fun-filled and delicious lessons for the fortunate Skyline students.
This colorful and fun photo opportunity is available at these times, this week:
Monday Jan 30th – 9:30, 1:30
Tuesday Jan 31st – 9:30, 11
Wednesday Feb 1st – 9:30, 1:30
Thursday Feb 2nd – 930, 11, 1:30
Friday, Feb 3rd – 9:30
The Sage Garden Project contacted Skyline with the intention of building an integrated science, garden, and cooking program at the school. This grant is the first step toward that goal for Skyline.
The partnership of The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, The Sage Garden Project, and The Good Food Factory was a natural one, as all three aim to improve the eating habits and understanding of the role food plays in the health of our youth, as well as providing cooking lessons to empower our youth to eat more healthfully.
The charitable foundation Sage Garden Project is currently running a pilot program at Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas, California that provides planning, teaching staff, curriculum, materials, and grounds development for an integrated, hands-on program of science, gardening, and nutritional science for grades K-6.
The Sage Garden Project is aimed at reducing the incidence of diabetes in our youth, by providing the tools, insight and inspiration for a lifetime of optimal health. It provides curriculum, planning, fundraising, staff and support for select schools with at-risk students. Standards-based lessons come to life with hands-on, fun lessons in science, nutrition and health, centered in the garden.
Dawn Mayeda, Program Director, Sage Garden Project
Sage Garden Project
270-F N. El Camino Real #313
Encinitas, CA 92024