“What It’s All About… The concept for the nutrition education center was born when founder Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, was working in a hospital completing her internship to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. During that time, she observed the treatment side of the obesity epidemic but felt a need for greater focus on educating children and their families on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. ‘Our mission is to empower children and families to lead strong energetic lives,’ says Antine. ‘We educate families through our hands-on proprietary curricula that teaches them about where natural foods come from, how to cook with their harvest and why these foods are the best for their minds and bodies. This mission continues to thrive today at which time we can proudly say we have empowered over 60,000 children—and the grownups who love them—since 2005 and we’re still going strong!’
‘Parents share with me all the time that their kids are now eating peppers, carrots, spinach and kale straight from the garden and are choosing it at the market, too,” says Antine. ” I love receiving emails of photos and videos of our students cooking or baking at home from Appetite for Life recipes from parents—this is our real success!’
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