Gracie is the founder of Recipe for Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community
to provide healthier diets for children. Although nutrition for children is also Michele Obama’s platform, Gracie was working on this issue long before it was common knowledge, helping Houston teachers and their students build gardens in their schools, giving cooking classes, and raising awareness of the importance of healthy eating.
Gracie and her staff began in the schools, giving monthly hands-on classes that put children in touch with their food from seed to plate and made it fun. THey built the program from there to include after-school, summer camps, parent classes and community outreach. Children began changing their habits and attitudes, surprising themselves by trying and even liking vegetables that they would never even touch before. Parents report that their children now want to help cook and more often reach for the healthier option without prompting.
Five years and more than 12,000 children later, RFS is about to take their proven Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program to national scale, while at the same time expanding their activities in Houston, where the foundation is headquartered.
RFS recently was awarded a $10,000 prize from SELF magazine, which is being used to expand instructor training to an online mode so that the Seed to Plate program can be implemented in schools nationwide.
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