For Hometown News
Food Brings Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the hunger cycle among children enrolled in Volusia County Schools, brings "Nutrition Day" to students.
Nutrition Day features an animated discussion led by a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, an entertaining and informative DVD and, of course, healthy snacks.
"At Food Brings Hope we believe no child should go hungry. But that doesn't mean filling them up with junk," said Forough B. Hosseini, founder and chairwoman. "We feel that by informing kids about proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle when they are young, they will create good habits they can employ the rest of their lives."
On April 3, 32 students from Starke Elementary School's S.T.A.R. program (Students Turning Around Reaching for Success) participated. The students also are part of Food Brings Hope's "Kids Zone" initiative.
Judi Boone, a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach and member of the Food Brings Hope advisory committee, led the discussion. "The students and faculty at Starke Elementary were exceptional," Ms. Boone said. "The students were so attentive and participated in every activity. I know they learned many things from the session, and I learned from them as well."
On May 8, students from Osceola (Ormond Beach), Pierson and Starke (DeLand) elementary schools will visit Westside Elementary (Daytona Beach) for a "Spa/Nutrition Day." Nearly 200 students have been invited. The program will include a similar nutritional program with an early dinner. As an added treat, the students will receive pampering services (manicure, hair cuts) courtesy of Marjan Salon.