Feeding Our Future – NUCuisine and Northwestern partners promote nutrition and healthy eating

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Sodexo’s Feeding Our Future summer meal program works to help educate children on the benefits of healthy eating.  It is a collaborative effort with The Campus Kitchens Project, on July 31st the Sodexo (NUCuisine) and the Campus Kitchen Northwestern teams capped off their month-long event at the Family Focus of Evanston where they taught the benefits of healthy eating and building a balanced plate.  Members of the Northwestern Wildcat Football team made an appearance to lead the kids in some fun exercise routines.

During the month of July, The Campus Kitchens at Northwestern (CKNU) and Sodexo (NUCuisine) provided nutrition lessons to students’ ages 7 – 11 at Family Focus in Evanston.  The lessons were led by members of Campus Kitchen and NUCuisine Dietitian Justin Heaton.  Each week, a different topic such as Fruits & Vegetables, Good Grains and Power Proteins were discussed.

The series concluded on July 31st, when all the previous lessons were combined into one.  The students were challenged to try to taste proteins that are normally considered foreign to a 7 – 11-year-old such as edamame, lentils and tofu.  NUCuisine Dietitian Justin Heaton strongly believes in this exercise saying, “It is important to educate and show kids that there is a wide array of healthy and nutritional food out there, the earlier we can get them to try these foods the better.”

NUCuisine Chefs Brian Wagner and Uwe Wilshusen put together a tasty and healthy breakfast and afternoon snack for all the kids which included Greek yogurt with assorted fresh fruits and made to order crepes.  The students were then greeted by members of the Northwestern Wildcat Football team including Senior Place Kicker, Jeff Budzein, who was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award last season, which is awarded to the nation’s top kicker.

At the end of the day each student was given a grocery bag filled with healthy foods and a recipe card for a Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole.  Sodexo plans to expand the Feeding Our Future program and events like this understanding that children’s long-term eating habits are formed at a young age.

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