For Immediate Release: February 9, 201
The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields visited 30 students at Absegami High School, an AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children partner school, February 7 to encourage healthy habits among young people.
Shields shared her “Eat Better. Live Better.” platform with students. Following the presentation, Shields and the students acted as sous chefs for AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council chef, Kevin Kelly, of Steve & Cookies By the Bay, as he prepared healthy black bean burgers with an avocado aioli on lettuce wraps.
Students also talked with Miss America about their favorite foods to prepare and how she stays healthy while in college and traveling. Shields explained that it wasn’t until college that she felt a need to care of her body, mentioning she often felt sick and tired.
She said, “There are some misconceptions about healthy eating, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. I hope that through living by example, I can encourage other people to do so, too.”
“When you eat healthy, your taste buds start to crave other healthy food,” Shields added. She recommended students look at ingredients on food labels; avoid processed foods; and shop the perimeter of the grocery store where the whole foods typically are located. “You're either damaging or fueling your body,” she explained.
Students sampled the black bean burgers. Many students said they looked forward to trying the recipe at home.
“I'm always searching for healthier options, and I’m open to new foods like this,” said Laura Bell, a junior at Absegami High School.
Katiria Rivera, also a junior, said she tries to eat healthy, too.
For more information about AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program, visit www.atlanticare.org/healthyschools, or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.
About Chefs in the Classroom
Local chefs, members of AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Chef Council, in partnership with AtlantiCare, visited AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children participating schools to offer healthy cooking demonstrations. HSHC organized demonstrations for Healthy Schools, Healthy Children partner schools to encourage healthy eating habits, and to demonstrate healthy recipes that students can make at home.
The AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council is a distinguished group of culinary experts working in the greater Atlantic City area that is committed to increasing access to healthy food for community members, and providing them with food preparation tips for leading healthy 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 partnered with schools in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties assisting with the implementation of fitness and nutrition policies and made health and wellness resources available to schools, students, and families.
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