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Kids-HealthBarn2014-08-04 11.57.0303-08-15  Welcome back HealthBarn USA~March National Nutrition Month: “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle” plus Spring Gardening

For more than nine years, through kids’ classes and summer camps at NJ Bergen-County based HealthBarn USA; at our elementary and middle school “Try it, you’ll like it!” school assemblies from New York to California; in national appearances such as the Rachael Ray Show and CNN’s House Call with Sanjay Gupta and on networks like PBS and Nickelodeon; speaking engagements from parent teacher organizations to major medical conventions; and through our website, columns and articles, we have been committed to helping families raise their nutrition literacy through hands-on learning about where our food comes from, and why fresh tastes best and is best for our bodies, minds and souls.

As a result of 9 years of empowering 40,000 kids and families to eat and live healthier, our founder, Stacey Antine wrote Appetite for Life:  The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Great Eater, HarperOne, an imprint of Harper Collins, fall 2012 nationwide in hardcover (soft cover will be on sale fall 2013) and as an eBook.  We know parents need proven how-to tools (including 100 kid-tested, familiy friendly recipes) to get their families living healthy and Appetite for Life serves it up simply and with a lot of fun.  Click here to hear what moms and kids have to say about the HealthBarn way. HealthBarn USA has emerged as a major force for positive change in the lives of children and their families.  Not convinced?  Watch kids in action Being a Farmer,Being a Chef, and Being Green – and you will see for yourself why HealthBarn USA is the place to be for having fun while learning to be healthy!

Stacey Antine is a registered dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University.  Alarmed by the long list of lifestyle diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) faced by children today, she founded HealthBarn USA to connect children to natural foods and where they come from.  Expanding her commitment to help families eat healthier, she started HealthBarn Foundation and it’s first project Healing Meals, a food gifting program for children with cancer and serious blood disorders.


Carson, President, age 11the council has officially elected Carson the president of KAC for his seasoned leadership.  His smile and excitement for what’s happening at HealthBarn USA and for making new friends is contagious! He loves learning and building things, so constructing a rain barrel for the garden was one of his favorite activities in addition to cooking and eating all of the recipes. At home, he likes to help his mom cook his favorite recipes and is active by being super busy. He’s excited about being on the Council to come up with new ideas to get kids motivated about being healthy because it’s fun.

Ben, Executive Chef began his cooking career at  HealthBarn USA when he was only three years old as a Seedling.  He came back to the Barn when he was 9 years old as a Young Harvester and summer camper.  Ben is blazing new trails as he develops exciting healthy recipes that continue to get double thumbs up from his peers.  He thinks of HealthBarn as a second home.   His favorite activity is cooking and harvesting from the garden.  His top garden picks are zucchini, lettuce, and herbs and his favorite HealthBarn USA recipe is the Chocolate Chickpea Chippers. He says that when he makes the chippers for his family at home they don’t even know that there are chickpeas in them which he thinks is really cool.  Ben wants to inform other kids how important living a healthy life-style is and how easy and tasty eating healthy can be.

Lauren, Expert Taste Tester, age 9, has been coming to summer camp for 3 years along with her brother Robert.  She really enjoys cooking and tasting different types of food from different cultures. She especially likes Japanese food and lists salmon sushi as one of her favorite foods “ever.”  Lauren loves acting and singing and for the past couple of years has participated in a youth performance troupe for a local community theater. For exercise, she enjoys running, basketball and tennis.  Lauren has learned so much at HealthBarn USA. She is now a label reader and thinks it is important for kids to know what they are eating, especially if you can’t pronounce the ingredients then you shouldn’t be eating it.  Lauren enjoys spending time in the HealthBarn USA garden and looks forward to many summer camp days to come!

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