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Charity Challenge spotlight: Working to promote healthy eating habits among children

Charity Challenge spotlight: Promoting healthy eating habits for kids

Recipe for Success children cooking from MacGregor Elementary School
Recipe for Success is combatting childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Recipe for Success Foundation / Facebook

Houston's a city of great giving and the CultureMap Charity Challenge aims to highlight that. CultureMap selected 12 deserving nonprofits to compete for a grand prize as they all raise awareness for worthy causes. Today: Recipe for Success.

Recipe for Success Foundation, launched in 2005 by Gracie and Bob Cavnar, envisions a world where healthy eating is the norm and a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated, and they're doing a lot to make that happen. The foundation is leading the way in combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by helping the community provide healthier diets for kids.

The organization has developed a comprehensive experiential learning program that makes healthy food fun and promotes healthy eating with books, contests and public awareness campaigns.

Recipe for Success' hands-on curriculum has grown to the largest outreach of its kind in the nation, empowering over 4,000 children each and every month with their evidence-based, signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education. The only initiative in the country of it's scope, the chef-inspired program introduces children to the entire cycle of food — starting in the garden — along with taste and flavor combinations, techniques, nutrition awareness and skills that will serve them for a lifetime, while also empowering them to prepare healthy meals and snacks for themselves. In fact, 30,000 children participated during the first 10 years of the program.

Other initiatives — including the VegOut! Challenge, Farmers MarKIDS, Hope Farms and Eat It! Food Adventures — promote a culture where nutritious food is celebrated.

Vote now for Recipe for Success — or one of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.