How Do You Inspire a Whole Town to Cook More at Home? Start with Elementary School Students.

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A year of the award-winning ChopChop Magazine plus parent workshops will be made available to all Watertown elementary students and their families

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Studies show there are numerous health benefits when you cook real food and what better to do that than to have kids lead the way?

ChopChop Kids, the non-profit behind ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families has joined forces with Watertown Savings Bank and the Watertown Wellness Committee to promote healthy eating and cooking in the town of Watertown, Massachusetts. ChopChop will be distributed to all elementary school students in the Watertown Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, each issue includes lesson plans for teachers to use ChopChop in the classroom.

“The bank is pleased to be able to support this program,” said Carole Katz, VP of Marketing at Watertown Savings Bank. “We know how challenging it can be to get kids to eat right sometimes. ChopChop introduces a lot of fun ideas for eating healthy.”

To reinforce healthy eating and cooking at home throughout the school year, ChopChop will partner with the Wellness Committee, elementary school principals, registered dietitians from Metrowest Nutrition, Food Service Director Stephen Marshall, Garden Coordinator Judy Fallows and local health organization Live Well Watertown to host a series of parent nutrition workshops. These events will feature cooking demonstrations, healthy eating presentations and food tastings.

“Recent student survey data revealed that students are not consuming recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. Through the collaboration with ChopChop and expert wellness professionals, we plan to provide students and families with resources and programs that will improve healthy eating”, said Donna Ruseckas, Director of Wellness and Extended Services.

“Our goal is get the entire town cooking at home,” said Sally Sampson, Founder and President of ChopChop and Watertown resident. “Studies show there are numerous health benefits when you cook real food and what better to do that than to have kids lead the way? We believe that teaching children to cook sets them up for a lifetime of wellness.”

About ChopChop
Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a nonprofit quarterly food magazine. Published by ChopChopKids, Inc, a 501(c)(3), ChopChop’s mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. ChopChop was recently named the 2013 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and is the only non-profit publication to win the award. ChopChop is also the recipient of a coveted gold award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys— the only cooking magazine ever to win this designation. To learn more about ChopChop's mission, and to support the organization by subscribing to ChopChop Magazine or by donating to its cause, please visit http://www.chopchopmag.org. Follow ChopChop on Twitter at @ChopChopMag, on Facebook at facebook.com/ChopChopMagazine or on Pinterest at pinterest/ChopChopMag.

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