Mindy Kobrin, lifestyle and entertaining expert at Meals on Heels and Park Maitland School class of 1983 graduate, will lead a special Earth Day 2013 assembly on April 10 to equip students with the tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle one playful forkful at a time. Kobrin will emphasize the importance of a natural, produce-rich diet and the benefits of sourcing food locally.
Kobrin’s program—Don’t Worry, Eat Happy—helps families learn to shop for fruits and vegetables in-season and experience these natural delights with fun and simple recipes that can be cooked together. As part of April’s month-long Earth Day festivities, Park Maitland students will participate in the Garden-to-Table Earth Day Art Project in which they will decorate donated ECOBAGS® Produce Bags with their favorite fruits and vegetables. The class with the winning art design will enjoy a Don’t Worry, Eat Happy Earth Day Bash featuring a cooking demo with sweet and savory salads and smoothies. Students will receive mini-planters and recipes to share with their families
“As a Healthy 100 School with a small garden that is harvested each fall and spring by our students, it’s a natural fit to further educate students about the value and importance of fresh fruits and vegetables as part one’s daily diet,” says Cindy Moon, Head of School, Park Maitland School. “Next year, we hope to start our own after-school garden club, so the Don’t Worry, Eat Happy program is an expansion of our efforts and further reinforces the mind, body and spirit connection that occurs when we eat foods that have been grown and harvested ourselves.”
“The kitchen is a place of unity,” says Kobrin. “It’s also a place for education about food. My goal with the Don’t Worry, Eat Happy program is that children share with their parents at home what they learned at school about local food systems and eating fresh, great-tasting, nutritional produce.”
The Park Maitland School Earth Day Assembly will be a celebration of our Earth and the ways today’s student and adult leaders can help to protect and conserve in order to preserve it for future generations.
Meals on Heels by Mindy is also a Healthy 100 business.