Originally published February 5 2009
Consumer Wellness Center Awards Nutrition Grant to Florida Non-Profit Delivering Nutrition Education to Economically Disadvantaged Youth
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) The Consumer Wellness Center, led by Executive Director Mike Adams (editor of NaturalNews), has announced a fifth grant in its Nutrition Grant Program. The Consumer Wellness Center (CWC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting nutrition education. The Executive Director position is a non-paid position.
Our Nutrition Grant Program awards $1,000 grants to individuals or institutions dedicated to the promotion and sharing of nutritional knowledge among children, expectant mothers and other important groups.
The grants are awarded based on the number of people that can be positively impacted, the detail of the grant proposal and the enthusiasm and commitment of the teacher or administrator using the funds. Each award recipient is asked to report the results of the grant program to the CWC. Our intention is then to post these nutrition "success stories" on NaturalNews.com so that the most effective strategies of nutrition education can be shared with the world.
The Boys & Girls Club in South West FloridaOur fifth Consumer Wellness Center Nutritional grant of $1000 has been awarded to Threasa Miller, Senior Director of Resource Development of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Naples, Florida.
The Consumer Wellness Center grant will enable the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County to purchase food needed for the implementation of a two-year educational program on nutrition. Experienced Culinary Arts Instructor Karen Talko will educate at least four hundred elementary and middle school children on the recognition and preparation of nutritious foods.
The grant award will enable the nutritional curriculum to reach a number of educational goals. Lessons will teach kitchen safety and cooking techniques, spark interest in a wide variety of foods, develop knowledge of healthy recipes, and fuel interest in healthy living. As classes continue, the program will impact young people in the following areas:
1) Emphasize the connections between diet and health.
2) Stress the importance of food and kitchen safety.
3) Expand food knowledge and experience.
4) Foster creativity and encourage fun in the kitchen.
5) Instill core values of excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics and respect for diversity.
The Boys & Girls Club has committed to reporting back to the Consumer Wellness Center on the progress of these efforts. With regular submissions of photos and reports, they promise to share the progress of the children as they grow in health awareness and nutritional experiences.
The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County functions as a valuable asset to the children of the community. "The Consumer Wellness Center is excited to partner with this organization and its extraordinary outreach programs," said Mike Adams, Executive Director of the CWC.
Background on Threasa Miller and the Boys & Girls Club of Collier CountyAccording to Threasa, the Collier County Boys & Girls Club is the only academically-based youth development program in Southwest Florida. The BGCC assists the most economically disadvantaged areas in the county, serving sixteen schools and over 1,500 young people daily. Nearly ninety percent of their students are eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch at their respective schools and are on full scholarship at the Boys & Girls Club.
Most of the children who attend the Collier County BGCC come from impoverished migrant backgrounds. Because food choices are severally limited, malnourishment is the norm. With the grant's financial support, Threasa Miller and her staff can instill vital nutritional education. This knowledge has the ability to help create immeasurable opportunities for each child's present and future life.
Congratulations to Threasa Miller of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County for earning our fifth $1,000 nutrition grant from the Consumer Wellness Center.
Learn more at www.ConsumerWellness.org
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