Gardens come in all shapes and sizes and all you need is a warm and sunny spot, water, and a little love! This month we are going to explore the many different and approachable ways you start growing produce plants at home!
Plant-based or plant-forward meals focus on using ingredients that come from plants and limiting or excluding animal products. Plant-based foods include not only fruits and vegetables, but beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. There are many reasons why people choose plant-based meals: health benefits, sustainability, animal welfare, cost, and of course, taste.
What kind of humans do we want our youngsters to be upon graduation? If you can think about social-emotional learning (SEL) from this perspective, it’s easier to imagine integrating it into our teaching practices and personal lives.
Common Threads stands up against violence and discrimination against the Asian American & Pacific Islander community
Common Threads will continue to raise awareness for social justice, work toward solutions to inspire change, and create safe spaces for children and families in our community.
This week we will explore sources of fruits and vegetables, nutrition and health benefits, fun ways to incorporate and personalize your plate with fruits and veggies. It’s something we hear all the time, eat your fruits and vegetables! But do you know why they are so important?
Let’s explore sources of whole grains, nutrition and health considerations, and ways to personalize your plate with whole grains. What makes a grain a “whole grain”? All grains are considered whole until they are processed in some way.
*All events are in Central Time (CST).
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Firstly, I would like to thank you all for providing a virtual Summer Cooking Camp. It was not just a cooking experience, Eliza learned yoga, all about what is a fruit and what is a vegetable. They also read, had drawing lessons, and learned about healthy eating. Eilza was able to follow the lessons without falling behind. As per Eliza, her experience was fun and exciting. She really enjoyed it. Eating healthy is a practice we implement at home. But she learned new things like mixing fruits and meat together. And everything was delicious. Eliza’s favorite part of the cooking lessons is creating new foods and learning how her plate should look- rainbow plate. Excellent! Eliza enjoyed using all the supplies that were sent for her to use. Overally as a parent I give your program a 10 out of 10. It was very informative and full of new experiences for my daughter. Thank you for this opportunity.
Mercedez TorresParent, New York
This program is a phenomenal way for students to enjoy cooking and culture, while learning about making healthy lifestyle choices. At Colfax, we savor Common Threads as an integral after-school program for our students.
Casey WeissTeacher - Colfax Elementary, Pittsburgh, PA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is thankful to have such a strong community partner in Common Threads. During the COVID-19 crisis, our Littles and their families did not have enough food to eat. Thanks to Common Threads, hot food to cover four days was secured from Cafe La Trova. In times of crisis, humanity and partnership always win!
Gale NelsonPresident - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Miami, FL.
Please know that the Carrie P. Meek family is truly grateful for the support that the Common Threads program is providing to our families. Without the Common Threads program, we would not be able to do this good deed! In addition, we thank all involved in making provisions to our families in the form of gift cards to support them during this unprecedented time. I am personally thankful and appreciative for your-in kind gift to our families in need.
Marchel WoodsPrincipal - Carrie P. Meek Elementary, Miami, FL.
My training as a chef gives me the platform to help others, which is why I work with Common Threads and other community organizations. “I knew I could not be on the sidelines wishing someone would help, and I am grateful to be part of the solution.
Bill Kimchef-owner of Urbanbelly, Chicago, IL.
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