TOMS RIVER, N.J. (August 30, 2013) – Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, was one of only six organizations recently announced as a grant recipient of the second annual New York Metro Nutrition Network program funded by McDonald’s New York Tri-State area restaurants.
Community Medical Center was selected as a grant recipient based on an evaluation process that examined each organization’s program reach, sustainability, uniqueness and financial need. The selection process was overseen by a judging committee comprised of nutrition and nonprofit experts, McDonald’s owner/operators and corporate representatives.
Community Medical Center will use the grant to fund “The Whimsical Foodtastic Fun Tour – Children’s Nutritional School Assembly,” an interactive in-school program designed to help children learn about healthy eating habits and the benefits of exercise. The show is based on the award-winning nutritional video written and produced by Certified Executive Chef and Director of Hospitality Services at Community Medical Thomas Yanisko entitled “What You Eat…It’s Up To You.” The grant will be used to fund eight assemblies from September through December 2013, as well as enhance program materials, expand the program’s reach and convert the assembly video to Spanish.
“Helping children discern between the ‘good foods’ and ‘bad foods’ early on will remind them of the importance of a healthy diet as they begin to make their own meal choices,” said Chef Yanisko, a certified culinary administrator and a member of the American Academy of Chefs through the American Culinary Federation. Chef Yanisko has worked extensively with children and their parents to educate them on the values of proper nutrition through cooking classes, his award-winning video, original musical soundtracks and his recently released children’s book.
“Educating children about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise provides them with a foundation to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives,” said Rick Pallamary, Vice President for Development, Community Medical Center Foundation. “By providing early intervention and teaching children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, our program is a fun but effective way to help prevent disease down the road.”
Launched in March 2012, the Nutrition Network is a community outreach initiative designed to provide funds to local organizations to build or enhance existing grassroots nutrition programs and to collaborate with communities in advancing nutrition education. The seed funding will help five selected organizations, along with an additional sixth, sponsored by Dasani®, to bring nutrition information and guidance to their respective communities.”
“With the overwhelming success we saw during the initial launch of the New York Metro Nutrition Network, we decided to collaborate with Dasani® water to provide an additional grant in order to extend the program’s reach this year,” said Anthony Scari, president of the McDonald’s New York Tri-State Owner/Operators Association. “Communities are now taking a more proactive role in providing nutrition education to their residents, and it’s this type of awareness that McDonald’s is proud to support.”
Community Medical Center maintains an award-winning Center of Excellence for women, children and seniors, offering support groups as well as wellness programs to enhance the overall health of every member of the community.
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