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A Santa Cruz Nonprofit Building Healthier Generations

We teach nutrition and culinary education to improve the health and resilience of our community.

The Current Health of the Young Generation

What Inspires Nourishing Generations

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The rate in which obesity has increased for children ages 6 to 11 since the early 1970s.

70%

Of obese children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

2%

Of children in the U.S. eat a healthy diet.

Standing For What We Believe In

Sharing Our Expertise

Everyone deserves nutritious and delicious meals that nourish their bodies. Our team of talented and knowledgeable nutritionists and chefs dedicate their passion and skills to making that a reality by teaching children and community members of all ages how to choose healthy foods and learn the culinary skills to create nutritious meals and snacks at home. Cooking and sharing meals is fun!

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Our Nutrition and Cooking Programs

All of our programs focus on nutrition and culinary education providing the knowledge and skills for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Children

We offer hands-on dynamic classes for children that encompass nutrition education, healthy food preparation, culinary skills, and fun fitness activities all led by certified nutrition consultants, natural chefs, and fitness trainers. Our programs are offered in elementary schools and affordable housing communities.

Transition-Age
Foster Youth

Since 2015

We work with transition-age foster youth in collaboration with Encompass Community Services. We are excited to be providing this program to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care to learn about nutrition and the planning, shopping for, and cooking healthy meals.

Women on the
Cancer Journey

Our newest program is a collaboration with the nonprofit, WomenCARE, for women on the cancer journey. Our classes share nutrition information about eating strategies before, during, and after cancer treatment to help one stay nourished and hydrated and assist in managing common side effects of treatment.

Since 2011

Since 2018

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Our Team of Nutritionists and Culinary Professionals

Here at Nourishing Generations Educational Project, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a healthier place for all. NG's Team is led by certified nutrition consultants, natural chefs, and fitness trainers. We are linking professionals and community members to bring about needed positive change that will help reverse the rising trend of childhood and adult obesity and diabetes, as well as other preventable chronic lifestyle diseases.

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Our Journey to a Healthier Future

Timeline

2008 - Started our organization as Kidz for Health under the nonprofit umbrella of Bauman College presenting programs in Santa Cruz elementary schools.

2011 - Became Nourishing Generations Educational Project, a 501c3 nonprofit.

2012 - Began offering programs for children at Mid-Pen affordable housing community sites.

2015 - Began working with transition-age foster youth in collaboration with Encompass Community Services.

2018 - Started our program with women on the cancer journey in collaboration with WomenCARE.

2019 - We presented more programs than ever involving over 400 participants.

Students are totally involved in 'hands-on' cooking activities with professional chefs and nutritionists and fitness activities with fitness trainers. The Nourishing Generations team arrives on Friday afternoon with bins of food, utensils, aprons for each 'student chef' and tablecloths and cloth napkins so that students experience not only preparing the food but eating their delicious food in a formal dining atmosphere. Many students had never used a cloth napkin or eaten a beet; this program provides opportunities for students to try fresh and local produce. Children love to make the recipes at home for their families; they beam with pride at their ability to contribute healthy meals for their family. Nourishing Generations is truly making a difference in our community now and is impacting future generations!

- Melanie Sluggett | Director of Child Development/Extended Learning at
Live Oak Elementary School District

Kind Words About Our Programs

Our Sponsors

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Join Us at Nourishing
Generations Educational Project

Here at Nourishing Generations Educational Project, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to bring about positive change in the health of our community’s most at-risk children, youth, adults, and seniors.

Since 2011, our Team, led by professional holistic nutritionists, natural chefs, and fitness instructors have shared their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for healthy cooking and eating and regular exercise, to help reduce the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable lifestyle-related diseases.

 

Education is key to the process of improving the health of the community. This is a big job and it takes the help of folks like you. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

Our Instructional Culinary Videos

 

Check out our videos below for short instructional clips on basic culinary
skills perfect for little and big hands to get the whole family involved! 

Healthy Eating Blog

Check out our blog to learn more about healthy and fun ways to nourish your body!

Our Mission

We believe in making eating and living healthy-fun! We teach nutrition and culinary education to all ages through our programs within Santa Cruz County.

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