Here at Mass in Motion, we’re all about finding new ways to help Massachusetts families to eat better and move more. This week we’re proud to announce an exciting new resource in that effort – a free monthly newsletter called ChopChop. Each month in ChopChop, we’ll feature a fun, easy-to-make and healthy recipe –- featuring locally-grown produce -– which parents and children can make together.
What’s so important about that? First off, meals cooked at home tend to be healthier (and less expensive) than takeout food. What’s more, by teaching our kids to cook we make them more nutritionally literate – and more likely to develop healthier eating habits over a lifetime. Besides, cooking together can be fun!
The ChopChop newsletter is the product of an innovative partnership with ChopChop Magazine, a nationwide quarterly publication that focuses on fun, healthy cooking for families. Each month’s newsletter will be posted on the Mass in Motion website at www.mass.gov/massinmotion/chopchop. We’ll also send the electronic newsletter out via email to pediatricians, school nurses, community health centers and other community partners.
The new collaboration was announced this week by Governor Deval Patrick at a fun-filled event at Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program in Boston. Following his opening remarks, the Governor was joined by an energetic group of young people in the program’s test kitchen to prepare Cranberry Applesauce – the recipe that’s featured in the debut edition of the ChopChop newsletter.
Also appearing at the event were Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, MD; Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach; Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares; Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Daniel Curley, and ChopChop Magazine Founder Sally Sampson.
A big thanks to Community Servings for hosting this exciting event and helping to make it such a success!
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