The Lost Art of Home Cooking Restored, Kid Style

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L - R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L - R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

The Cooking, Learning and Eating event was an opportunity for parents to get their kids cooking. Back row, L – R: Doug Duda; Former White House executive pastry chef and Rutgers Alum Bill Yosses; Diana Rice and Orti Polak. Front row, L – R: President of ChopChop Kids Sally Sampson and junior chefs Ella and Sher. Photo by Roy Groething

IFNH and ChopChop Magazine Host Former White House Chef in Cooking Demo for Kids

Give a kid a fishstick and he will eat for a day. Teach a kid how to cook and he will go home and show his parents. It is no secret that wrapped in the intricate problem of the rise in childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases, is the profile of food eaten at home. The bygone era of a household with a stay at home parent that prepared meals from scratch, transformed into busy working caregivers who rely on processed convenience and/or fast food to fill hungry bellies. Unfortunately, food on the run often contains more empty calories than nourishment, and the consequences of poor nutrition are reflected in the increasing rates of chronic disease.

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), ChopChop Magazine and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, now the Director of the ChopChop Cooking Lab, are out to change that dynamic. With this common goal, IFNH and ChopChop in 2014 became partners in working to create healthy lifestyles at an early age, and in December, sponsored their first joint venture, hosting Yosses, a Rutgers alumnus (GSNB’78), for a hands-on evening for children and families teaching children about food and cooking, with a blend of science and fun. “Kids: Cooking, Learning and Eating” was held in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. [Read more…]

4-H Community Members Spend MLK Day Baking and Making for Others

To honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Middlesex County 4-H Junior Youth Council came together to help others as part of their annual service project on Monday. Approximately 20 students in sixth through eighth grades, plus five team leaders from the high school level, spent their day off from school Jan. 19 baking breads for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and making Valentine’s Day cards for children who are patients at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick.

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Middlesex County 4-H Celebrates 2 014 Accomplishments

In this modern world of digital living, a youth organization that prides itself on accomplishments such as leadership, crafts, agriculture and animal raising is refreshing. Since 1902, 4-H has steadfastly invited each generation’s youth to come and take part in whatever club interests them most. And the Middlesex County 4-H membership is thriving… "It truly sank in- I was a leader- and this would continue to help me throughout my life with leadership skills and confidence under my belt," said Wolverton, who is a member of the Teen Council, Food Doods and Renegade Racers. "I gained this found talent of leadership that no one could have given me, but 4-H."

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Cumberland 4-H introduces new science, tech programs

DEERFIELD Gathering Steam is a suite of new 4-H faculty programs being offered to schools and community centers this year. Fee-based workshops and summer enrichment programs also will be conducted at the Cumberland County 4-H Center. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math… Expressive arts programming also is offered by 4-H Expressive Arts Agent Ellen Williams, together with Tobiah Horton and Richard Alomar, assistant professors in the Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture… 4-H is the youth development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Cumberland County 4-H is “Gathering STEAM”

Cumberland County is home to one of the largest 4-H programs in the state with an impressive history of outreach to area schools, an active animal science program and life skills and leadership programs offered at every age level… For many young people, 4-H is their first connection to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey… "Gathering STEAM" is a suite of new 4-H faculty programs being offered to schools and community centers in 2015. Fee based workshops and summer enrichment programs will also be conducted at the 4-H Center, 291 Morton Avenue in Millville. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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