On Saturday, October 11th a dozen Louie’s Kids Volunteers met a volunteer from OASIS – “A fertile spot in a food desert where good nutrition abounds.” – down at Rosebank Farms and helped pick fresh produce for the North Charleston Food Desert. OASIS is local volunteer organization which partners with the non-profit, Fields To Families and whose mission is to address the problems of food deserts and to provide their residents with fresh, nutritious produce that is gleaned from local farmers.
The groups efforts yielded 170 pounds of field peas and 70 pounds of fresh peanuts – a rare treat! And these efforts fall exactly in line with one of Louie’s Kids biggest goals – getting healthy food in front of our kids!
Notices for upcoming gleaning opportunities for Louie’s Kids Volunteers will be forthcoming as the winter harvest gets under way. If you would like to work directly with OASIS please contact Jacki Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much to all who came out to glean! Louie’s Kids are the best volunteers!
Louie’s Kids and Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant join in support of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 12, 2014) – In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September, Louie’s Kids and Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant team up for a one-night-only showing of the critically acclaimed documentary Fed Up. The evening features a distinguished panel of South Carolina health advocates who will be leading a discussion on the film and how it relates to individuals in South Carolina. The event is open to the public free of charge.
In 2011, through proclamation by President Barack Obama, September was officially deemed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM). The goal of COAM was simple: elevate the conversation on childhood obesity in an effort to increase awareness of the epidemic. As of 2011, obese children have an 80-percent chance of becoming overweight and obese adults. In addition, obesity disproportionately affects children of certain racial and ethnic groups. 25% of African American children and 23.3% of Hispanic children with disabilities are obese, while only 16.7% of Caucasian children with disabilities are obese.
“Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a very important time for us at Louie’s Kids and we are thrilled to be able to recognize it by bringing this groundbreaking film to the Lowcountry,” said Louis Yuhasz, Founder and CEO of Louie’s Kids. “Cinebarre generously opened their doors as host for the showing and we could not be more thankful and excited for this to come together.”
Date: September 25, 2014
Time: 6:30 until
Where: Cinebarre Mt Pleasant
Panel: Joseph L. Pearson, DrPH (Director of Operations, S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health), Dr. Deborah Bowlby MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, MUSC), Louis Yuhasz (Founder of Louie’s Kids) and Margaret Taylor, LPC (Louie’s Kids Family Counselor)
Donations will be taken at the event. Proceeds benefit the multiple programs supported by the Louie’s Kids organization. To obtain a ticket to the event, email your name and contact information to email@example.com.
For more information on Louie’s Kids or National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, visit LouiesKids.org.
About Louie’s Kids
Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, Va., and operated today out of Charleston, SC, Louie’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to empower children to make changes, both physically and mentally, for a healthier and more productive life. The mission of Louie’s Kids is to strengthen the future of the communities they serve by making children healthier and improved citizens, while also providing excellent stewardship to those funders who invest their time and treasure in the children served. Follow Louie’s Kids on Facebook and Twitter.
Fed Up Synopsis
Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.
With school back in full swing you may find yourself with less time in the morning to prepare a healthy breakfast. Here are a few ideas to make that morning meal healthy, tasty and easy. Studies show that children and teens who eat breakfast perform better on tests, are better behaved and more alert throughout the day than those who skip. When you fuel your body, you fuel your mind. The secret to choosing a good breakfast is to include complex carbohydrates, high quality protein and a small amount of healthy fat.
Make whole wheat pancakes from scratch! It may sound time consuming but actually this recipe only takes a few minutes. Make enough at once to have leftovers for the next couple of mornings.
- 2 cups oat flour (just pulse old fashioned oats until you reach flour-like texture) or use 100% whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups of milk (dairy or nut milk such as unsweetened almond)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (or 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce + 1 tablespoon olive oil)
Directions: Mix together the dry ingredients, add in the wet ingredients and stir just until moist. Cook on a preheated griddle or frying pan, flipping both sides.
Top with one from each section to make for a hearty breakfast:
- Natural peanut butter or handful of crushed walnuts or almonds
- Fruit: Sliced strawberries, bananas or peaches
- Vanilla yogurt or plain Greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon
- Drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup (optional)
Egg Sandwich or Wrap:
2 eggs cooked any way + 1 whole grain English muffin or whole wheat wrap + ½ avocado or fresh skim mozzarella, and topped with tomato slices.
1 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, whole grain cereal or low sugar granola + 1 Tb all natural peanut butter drizzled on top + sliced banana
I want to highlight one crucial component to helping children, teens and all get healthier and that is making sure it is fully supported by those closest, especially the family and peer group. Teens especially encounter peer pressure from all angles and with all effects. Pressure to conform can impact food choices and the attempt to eat healthfully. When making the decision to get on a healthy track the individual may run into resistance from friends, boyfriends or girlfriends and even family members. Some may find loved ones not entirely supporting their changing lifestyle. This is unlikely ill-intended but rather a simple reaction because humans in general are resistant to change. Furthermore, as humans we sense our actions are justified when others are doing the same, feeling less guilty about unhealthy habits when others around us are practicing the same. But without the support and encouragement from those who matter most to us, any change we try to make becomes ever the more difficult. So when one expresses interest in healthy eating and exercising it should be applauded and recognized and the negativity weeded out. Weeding out the negativity may require a simple conversation or education to get all on the same page. People often confuse “getting healthy” with “dieting” and “dieting” tends to carry a negative connotation. So focus on health and ideally all involved will benefit. For those of you bettering your health: stand strong in your decision and be proud! Healthy is in! Bettering one’s health is not something to be ashamed of or hide. We are what we eat and if we don’t eat right, now or further on down the road it will catch up to us.
On August 25th, the 6th Annual Little Chef, Big Chef competition – presented by Whole Foods Market – will take place at The Ordinary. With just a few days left until the big day, we want to take some time to talk a little about one of the four all-star kids from the Louie’s Kids program that will be participating at this year’s event. A remarkable young lady named Jaylynn.
The path to health is not an easy one. But when you have someone there walking it with you, the steps become a little more manageable. The journey becomes a little less daunting. It’s for that reason that we here at Louie’s Kids are so committed to working with families as a whole – not just the children – and why we are so proud of Jaylynn and her family. They have all rallied together in their resolve to living a healthier life, and the commitment they’ve shown is something we won’t soon forget.
At only 12 years old, Jaylynn has been through a lot. As with so many other children, the gravity of her situation didn’t really hit home until she was faced with some devastating medical news. Jaylynn was diagnosed with diabetes. Rather than retreating from such difficult news as so many do, Jaylynn made the admirable and courageous decision to do something about it. And her family was right there with her to make sure she had the support she needed. Leading the charge was Jaylynn’s stepmother, Tabitha. After her first meeting with the Louie’s Kids team, it was clear that Tabitha was just as committed as her daughter. The issue was knowing where to start. Together with Louie’s Kids, the family set some immediate and achievable goals for Jaylynn to get her more active, and she met them with the determination and resolve we’ve come to know and love.
Of all the activities Jaylynn has taken on since joining the program, it’s basketball that has grown into a passion. Little did she know that hiding within her was an athlete waiting to come out! And her family has been nothing short of supportive of her new active lifestyle, enrolling her in camps and getting her over to the court whenever possible. But they don’t just stop there! Since the grocery store tour, a Louie’s Kids program they took part in earlier this year, Jaylynn and her family are now looking at the ingredients and the nutrition facts on all foods they purchase and are picking out leaner meat with less fat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthier snacks. They’ve also adopted a monthly “weigh in and log in” competition for their household to keep everyone motivated. Jaylynn has even been known to join Tabitha at her dance classes – a great way to get some exercise in! It is that level of family commitment that has made all the difference in Jaylynn’s journey.
As with our other Little Chefs, Jaylynn was selected to participate in Camp Shane this summer. Just as they’ve done every step of the way, her family was the first to offer their support, going so far as to drive a group of campers all the way to Georgia. While it was challenging for Jaylynn to leave her family for the first time she tackled the challenge head on, just like we knew she would. And we’re proud to share with everyone that, while at Camp Shane, Jaylynn was able to lose nearly 10lbs!
With your continued support we are able to help kids just like Jaylynn get the support they need to live a happier and healthier life. If you want to help us celebrate Jaylynn, join us for this year’s Little Chef, Big Chef event, presented by Whole Foods Market with additional sponsor Southwest Airlines, on August 25th at The Ordinary. You can learn more about the event here.