Taste and Move is the center program around So What Else’s mission to create a healthier lifestyle for our youth.
This program kicked off in 2013 at just 2 sites and has grown to being implemented in 4 schools and 1 community center per week. Our healthy living program is designed to introduce and encourage kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. The program combines hands on cooking lessons, nutrition lessons, fun fitness activities and gardening lessons to engage students in new and fun ways to stay healthy.
The program’s mission is to teach kids that food is fuel and health is happiness. In our program students explore the concepts of organic foods, local and seasonal foods, sustainable eating and GMOs. By encouraging kids to grow their own food and eat healthy we are empowering them to take control of their health at an early age. Our program strives to make healthy living fun and interesting instead of a chore or burden, encouraging children to care for their health and well being.
After a long day of school our program re-energizes students and encourages kids to stay active. Through group cooking lessons youth are able to gain teamwork and leadership skills and they are given the chance to develop new relationships with their peers. Learning about growing your own food creates self-efficacy and empowerment in youth. Students gain a sense of pride in providing for themselves and feel more in control over their lives. Trying new foods and learning new accessible snack recipes encourages kids to eat more LIVE foods full of nutrition and less processed foods with no nutrition. The physical activity students take part in during the program gets them moving and encourages them to keep moving after school instead of sitting in front of the TV.
The programs ultimate mission is to combat childhood obesity and prevent diabetes and disease at an early age. All the ingredients used in our program are organic and nutritious. Students are able to eat what they cook in the program thus providing them with a nutritious snack after school. This helps students focus when they go home and have to study and work on homework.
Our goal is to expand this program to 2 new additional sites in the Spring of 2015. To help us reach our goal please donate! We cannot reach more students without your help.