Power Playtes Program Story on KAWC's Arizona Edition
April 27, 2015
Power Fresh Kids, LLC Article
November 11, 2014
Want a "fun and colorful way to teach and encourage young students about healthy eating"? SN Secret Shoppers found an answer in the Power Play'te program from Power Fresh Kids, LLC. At the core of the program are paper plates that offer children a brightly colored reminder that half of their plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. Participating schools choose (at least) one day a week as Power Play'te Day. Activities include morning announcements, lesson plans, a video, parent flyers and, of course, the paper plates. "It was a cute nutrition education program," cited one Shopper, pleased that the curriculum is free with purchase of the plates. In particular, she liked stickers that boast "I'm a taster, not a waster!" Another Shopper thinks this is a great tool that will catch the eye of youngsters.
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September 22, 2014
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"You never hear anybody say, 'I'm getting fat on apples,' or 'Why did I eat that fifth apple?'" said Carl Myers, M.D., chief medical officer of Yuma Regional Medical Center, explaining the important of choosing healthy foods. Read the full article
February 14, 2013
YUMA, ARIZONA- When you think of cartoons and high school freshmen boys, you might visualize them watching television or reading a favorite comic book. But, one local boy likes to be on the other end of the pen and has put his creative energy into helping to combat a national epidemic, childhood obesity.
Nathan Reichman is the son of John and Monica Reichman and a student at Cibola High School in Yuma. His passion for illustrations started when he was a young boy and he would spend hours drawing and doodling. Now that doodling is helping kids learn about fruits and vegetables and eating healthy.
YUMA, ARIZONA- Yuma has long been known as the vegetable capital of the world. Thousands of acres of leafy greens and assorted vegetables have been growing and sustaining this community for years. Jane Johnson, School Nutrition Director of Crane Elementary District reflects on her experiences with Yuma school food service, "I think we were ahead of the times by establishing a fruit and veggie bar back in the early '90's. Who knew back then that there would be a mandate for fruits and vegetables?"
September 7, 2012
YUMA, ARIZONA- Yuma has long been known as the vegetable capital of the world. With the nation's health epidemic in the daily news, it is becoming more evident that if consumers would eat more of what Yuma is growing, child obesity and alarming health statistics could change for the better.
Zata Vickers, PhD with the University of Minnesota, conducted an experiment involving measuring senses and experiences to answer the question as to "why do we like fruits and vegetables." She provided a presentation at the Produce Marketing Association's annual food service convention.
The POWer PLAY'te program in Yuma schools is not only growing a new incentive for Yuma kids to eat healthier, it is giving local grower Vic Smith an opportunity to improve our community. For those that know Vic Smith, this comes as no surprise.
The Arizona Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Consultation and Training has funded all or a portion of this Project using Specialty Crop Block Grant funds provided by the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service.