About Us

I tried freshly picked bell peppers today!

I tried freshly picked bell peppers today!

Rachael Ray calls HealthBarn USA “a great idea… I’d love to see a HealthBarn everywhere!” Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner and one of many physicians to praise HealthBarn USA, applauded our efforts to “let our children lead the way to a healthier future.” Our work has attracted the notice of these two worlds for one simple reason:  We teach children (and the grown-ups who love them) about delicious, nutritious food and the healthy lifestyle that goes with it.

At the Barn, children (and grown-ups, too!) learn how to grow their own fruits and veggies and make the best choice at the supermarket or in a restaurant, how to prepare and cook their bounty, and how to add a heaping, tasty scoop of fun to everyday meals and snacks.

Reached 50,000 children and growing!

For more than ten years, through kids’ classes, field trips and summer camp at NJ Bergen-County HealthBarn USA; at our elementary and middle school “Try it, you’ll like it!” school assemblies from New York to California; in national appearances such as the Rachael Ray Show and CNN’s House Call with Sanjay Gupta and on networks like PBS and Nickelodeon; speaking engagements from parent teacher organizations to major medical conventions; and through our website, columns and articles, we have been committed to helping families raise their nutrition literacy through hands-on learning about where our food comes from, and why fresh tastes best and is best for our bodies, minds and souls.

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Appetite for Life recipes are selected for Healing Meals, a food gifting program for ill children and families

Families have an Appetite for Life!

As a result of ten years of empowering 50,000 kids and families to eat and live healthier, our founder, Stacey Antine wrote Appetite for Life:  The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Great Eater, HarperOne, an imprint of Harper Collins, fall 2012 nationwide and as an eBook.  We know parents need proven how-to tools (including 100 kid-tested, familiy friendly recipes) to get their families living healthy and Appetite for Life serves it up simply and with a lot of fun. Click here to hear what moms and kids have to say about the HealthBarn way.

HealthBarn USA has emerged as a major force for positive change in the lives of children and their families.  Not convinced?  Watch kids in action Being a Farmer, Being a Chef, and Being Green — and you will see for yourself why HealthBarn USA is the place to be for having fun while learning to be healthy!

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