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GOT SNACKS? TV Chef Hosts Free Snack-Making Classes for Kids

by Cynthia Lezama

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Making poor nutritional choices – like grabbing a candy bar or sweetened beverage – can be easy and tempting, especially for kids.  With snacks accounting for nearly a third of calories in children’s diets1], however, these “handy options” don’t provide the vitamins and nutrients kids need for healthy growth. Furthermore, theNational Institutes of Child Health report that almost 90 percent of girls and more than 80 percent of boys ages nine to 13 have inadequate calcium intake[2]. To help combat these growing trends and in observance of National Nutrition Month,the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of got milk?, has partnered with former Disney Chef Gino Campagna to inform families about making healthy food choices and offer solutions kids themselves can implement. This month, got milk? will sponsor FREE children’s cooking classes, led by Chef Gino, at select local community organizations throughout California to teach them how to prepare calcium-rich after-school snacks.
“We need to engage our kids in grocery shopping and cooking at a young age so that healthy habits stick with them through life,” says Chef Gino, Master Chef at Piccolo Chef, an award-winning children’s cooking school.  “Fruits, veggies and low fat milk can be incorporated into easy to make snacks that provide kids the nutrients they need.”
Chef Gino, who’s also worked with Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move To Schools” program and Jamie Oliver’s The Food Revolution, will teach local kids how to make some of his favorite after-school snack recipes. Children six to 12 years old throughout California will have a chance to make snacks alongside Chef Gino by signing up for a FREE cooking class sponsored by got milk? at their local community center.

Los Angeles – Wednesday 3/19/14 3 p.m.
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Palm Springs – Thursday 3/20/14 3:30 p.m.
Desert Recreation District – Palm Desert Community Center 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260

To R.S.V.P. email or call (310) 473-4422.  Space is limited.  Each attendee will receive a got milk? apron and a special gift for participating.
“Chef Gino is sure to remind kids that cooking can be fun, tasty and healthy,” says Steve James, executive director of the CMPB.  “With key power foods such as milk, children will also get the necessary calcium and nutrients they need for proper development.”
To register for the free got milk? National Nutrition Month Kids’ Cooking Classes or to learn more about Chef Gino’s milk-based after-school snack recipes like the delicious Very Berry Pops and the Veggie Pizzaz visit

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GOT SNACKS? TV Chef Hosts Free Snack-Making Classes for Kids