CSU, Chico’s Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion Receives the 2009 Korten Award for Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-18-2009

Cindy Wolff
Nutrition and Food Science Department
530-898-5288

Award honors organization for working to keep children healthy.

On Thursday, March 5, the Research Foundation’s Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion received the 2009 Korten Champion for Children Award for programmatic excellence in their efforts to promote healthy eating and activity patterns. The award was presented during the 11th Annual Network for a Healthy California (Network) conference.

The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) was honored for demonstrating outstanding work to improve nutrition and physical activity for low income children and adolescents in Northern California. This organization is dedicated to encouraging healthy behavior change through a variety of nutrition education and physical activity programs in school districts and community organizations.

“More than ever, we as parents, educators, health care professionals and as a nation must address the increase in the rate of obesity among our youth,“ said Cindy Wolff, director of CNAP, and on the faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences at California State University, Chico. “We must do more than just talk; we must be concerned enough to act. Our organization provides a venue for that necessary action for children and their families.”

CNAP promotes fruit and vegetable consumption in school cafeterias, provides classroom tastings of locally grown fruits and vegetables via their Harvest of the Month program, offers cooking classes, and implements nutrition education activities for preschool through high school students and their families in 19 school districts in seven counties. A current project includes producing a DVD to supplement their Farmer of the Month nutrition education activities. The goal of this Farmer in the Classroom project is to bring the farmer virtually into the classroom so students will have exposure to the nutritional aspects of agriculture.

The Korten Champion for Children Award was established in 2005 in honor of the late Nonnie Korten, a tireless promoter of providing children with meaningful experiences to help them realize their full potential not just as students, but as passionate, caring, healthy and informed human beings. The award is presented each year to a group that motivates low income eligible children and adolescents to be Champions for Change by increasing physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables. They also have to demonstrate strategies for bringing about change and share these ideas and resources with other Network funded projects.

“Child overweight is a serious health concern not only for youth in our local communities but throughout the United States,” stated Patty Mannel, regional project director, Network for a Healthy California—Sierra Cascade Region. “That’s why the Network and CSU, Chico’s CNAP are doing everything in our power to encourage youth to eat more fruits and vegetables and get active to reduce their risk of developing serious health problems including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.”

For more information or to request an interview, contact Cindy Wolff at 530-898-5288 or cwolff@csuchico.edu.

The Network for a Healthy California (Network) works with more than 300 different public, non-profit and business partners throughout the state to empower low-income Californians to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and enjoy physical activity every day. Funding is from the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). For important nutrition information visit www.cachampionsforchange.net. For food stamp information, call 877-847-3663.

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