ZISBOOMBAH.COM AND 5TH GEAR KIDS TO CHALLENGE 6,500 CHERRY CREEK AND AURORA SCHOOLS 5TH GRADERS TO CREATE A HEALTHY RECIPE
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – November 12, 2014 – Working collaboratively with the 5th Gear Kids Team, ZisBoomBah.com is challenging 6,500 5th graders in two Colorado school districts to create their very own recipe from healthy whole foods. 5th Gear Kids is a collaborative effort between the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Public Schools, and Cherry Creek School District.
“The Healthy Recipe Challenge was created to help 5th Gear Kids gain the knowledge on how to create a recipe, experiment with whole food and find out what healthy recipes they like to eat, and build a sense of pride around healthy living. The goal of the challenge is to get kids to take an active role in making healthy eating fun, affordable and delicious for themselves and their families. Recipes with photos and/or videos will be posted on ZisBoomBah.com.” said Karen Laszlo, founder of ZisBoomBah.com.
5th Gear kids and their parents or guardians are invited to create and submit an original recipe made from scratch and using real whole foods. The panel of judges from ZisBoomBah.com and 5th Gear Kids will select winning recipes based on the nutritional value of the recipe; perceived taste; creativity and originality; use of ingredients that are in-season in Colorado; affordability; and the story behind the recipe.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 recipes chosen by the judges, as well as a prize for “Kids Choice” at the 5th Gear spring celebration March 14, 2014. 5th Gear students who do not compete in the contest can still be engaged with healthy eating and can vote for their peer’s recipes. This contest is in support of the 5th Gear Kids mission to engage and empower 5th graders to make healthy decisions regarding food and physical activity through understanding energy balance. “We are really excited to see what our kids create. When kids make healthy food choices at home, their whole family wins, “ said Lisa Alexander, Community Partnership Coordinator for 5th Gear Kids.
The ZisBoomBah approach is a departure from everything that has been tried and failed, and the first approach that puts children at the center of the solution. ZisBoomBah ’s website – “where it’s OK to play with your food” – arms children (and parents) with the truth about the food they eat every day and empowers them to create their own wholesome meals with an easy, free online tool called “Pick Chow!” By playing “Pick Chow!” children learn to make responsible food choices early on – a skill that will serve them throughout their life.
ZisBoomBah.com is the award winning online game where kids are the hero of healthy living and where parents get credible tools and information to raise a healthy family. ZisBoomBah.com offers family wellness programs to company’s, communities, schools and doctors which includes online adventures, weaving real life activities into the fun elements of gaming making healthy choices a part of a kids’ daily routine. The programs are designed by ZisBoomBah.com’s team of nutritionists, fitness experts, psychologists, teachers and game writers with the purpose of stimulating kids to make better choices. Parents motivated to make a change will find everything they need at ZisBoomBah.com with credible tools, games, information and adventures! ZisBoomBah.com is the Award Wining #1 Online Nutritional Tool for Kids by Let’s Move & USDA | 5-Star Rating by Common Source Media | As seen on WebMD & Rachel Ray’s Yum-o!
Developed through collaborative efforts between the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Public Schools, and the Cherry Creek School District, 5th Gear Kids is an innovative health and wellness program with the goal of educating 5th grade students about energy balance—the relation between food intake and physical activity. Through education, practical experience, and a rewards system, 5th Gear Kids’ main objective is to prevent excessive weight gain in 5th graders and give them the skills they need to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives. Children encounter a multitude of food and physical activity choices every day. 5th Gear Kids enables students to better understand the consequences of these choices and to become ambassadors for health at school, at home, and out in the community.