For Immediate Release: March 16, 2016

AtlantiCare Chefs in the Classroom
marks National Nutrition Month

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Chef Olivia Bellano, “Chef Belle,” of Kitchen 19, Hammonton, NJ, visited 50 middle school students at Weymouth Township School March 11. The visit was one of several AtlantiCare Chefs in the Classroom events planned during National Nutrition Month.

Chef Belle demonstrated healthy recipes for “Garden Sushi” using fresh vegetables and a “Chocolate Chip Spread,” using chickpeas and nut butter as a base instead of chocolate.

Chef-Belle-dishes-out-healthy-chocolate-chip-dipChef Olivia Bellano, “Chef Belle”, of Kitchen 19, dishes out healthy chocolate chip dip, which uses chickpeas and nut butter as a base.

“I'm going to go home and make these recipes for my family,” said Weymouth Township middle school student Marissa Hair.

Marissa-Hair-and-Franziska-ShowellMarissa Hair and Franziska Showell try “Chocolate Chip Spread.”

“We appreciate the passion our partner chefs share in getting children excited about eating healthy,” says Laura Engelmann, MHA, community health and wellness manager, AtlantiCare. “Students learn about choosing and preparing healthy ingredients that taste good. They also get a lesson in what a career as a chef includes.”

Students enjoyed sampling the snacks. Many, like Hair, were eager to bring the recipes home to try.

Angela-Diaz-samples-garden-veggie-sushiAngela Diaz smiles as she samples “Garden Sushi.”

About Chefs in the Classroom
Local chefs, members of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Chef Council, in partnership with AtlantiCare, visit AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children participating schools to offer a healthy cooking demonstration. HSHC organizes demonstrations for any Healthy Schools, Healthy Children partner schools in order to encourage healthy eating habits, and to demonstrate healthy recipes that students can easily make at home.

The AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council is a distinguished group of culinary experts working in the greater Atlantic City area committed to increasing access to healthy food for community members, and providing them with the food preparation skills necessary to lead healthier lives. The Growing Green Chef Council uses its passion, expertise, and circles of influence to support the growth and sustainability of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative.

About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program partners with schools in Atlantic, Cape May and southern Ocean counties to assist with the implementation of fitness and nutrition policies, and to make health and wellness resources available to schools, students and families.

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361,


AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,400 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.