Boise’s kids need our help. Children who are overweight and obese are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes, joint problems, sleep apnea, cancer and poor self-esteem.
Let’s Move Boise! invites you to become a partner in a community wide initiative to combat childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity.
Let’s Move Boise is among 23 cities to earn gold medals in five categories created for the 450 cities, towns and counties participating in the Let’s Move initiative founded by First Lady Michelle Obama. The program calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve their community’s access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity. See Our Goals for definitions.
Let’s Move Boise, Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) and our partners will offer a school garden workshop for parents and educators October 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Public Library!, 715 S Capitol Blvd.
The training will cover:
• Garden planning
• Outdoor classroom management
• School garden success stories
• Managing your garden through a Garden Advisory Committee
• NEW THIS YEAR: Participants will participate in a hands-on activity and take home supplies for their own school garden.
Interested in attending? Visit the BUGS website.
1st GRADER WINS SCHOOL LUNCH RECIPE CONTEST AND LUNCH WITH MAYOR
A recipe for chicken fried rice submitted by Sam Grover, a 1st grader at Liberty Elementary School, was named the winner of the school lunch recipe contest hosted by the Boise School District and Let’s Move Boise. An eight-member panel of children and adults judged four recipes in the finals of the first-ever competition. The judges evaluated the taste of each recipe, use of local ingredients and other criteria during a program at Shadow Hills Elementary School.
The other finalists, schools and awards include:
- Sloan Richey – 1st Grade, Pierce Park Elementary School, Harvest Yogurt Parfait (2nd place)
- Tavia and Serenity Calhoun – 4th & 3rd Grades, White Pine Elementary School, Taco Pasta (3rd place)
- Isabella Zufelt – 4th Grade, Shadow Hills Elementary School, Yam Bake (4th place)
Entries were submitted by 26 students at 11 elementary schools throughout the district, including Adams, Hidden Springs, Maple Grove, Mountain View, Owyhee, Shadow Hills, Washington and Whittier.
Final recipes were tested and prepared by members of the Boise Schools Food & Nutrition staff. All four of the final recipes will be served in Boise school cafeterias this year and featured on Let’s Move Boise recipe cards.
Other prizes include gift cards from Whole Foods and Albertson’s, kitchen gadgets from Standard Restaurant Supply, culinary classes with Boise Urban Garden School, Chop Chop cookbooks, Let’s Move Boise backpacks, and Idaho Steelheads tickets.
The goal of the program is to encourage kids and their families to talk about healthy, nutritious menu items served during lunch at Boise schools. Encouraging kids to eat healthy food is a priority of Let’s Move Boise, a coalition of local organizations seeking to combat childhood obesity.