Brighten a child's day brighten their future..
Melissa Sherwood is a culinary instructor whose passion is working with children of all ages to teach healthy eating, nutrition and cooking to combat obesity and diabetes. Melissa has seen the need for nutritional outreach to school aged children and has been teaching classes for the past seven years in, public and private schools, daycare centers, home school groups and as an instructor at Anne Arundel Community College. Through fun and interactive cooking instruction, fitness lessons and just plain old fashioned fun, Mrs. Sherwood and her Deliciously Nutritious cooking programs continue to grow each year. Over the past two years there have been many budget cuts at the local, state and national levels in programs for children. In Anne Arundel County alone, the funding for after school programs in Title I schools was completely cut. Understanding how important these afterschool programs are to our children, not only to have a safe place to go while parents are working, but many times these programs were the only place the children would get a meal at the end of the day, Melissa formed her own non-profit called Feed A Healthy Mind. Feed A Healthy Mind is designed to pick up the slack where funding is unavailable and create fun, nutritious and educational programs for school aged children.
Feed A Healthy Mind tackles the underlying causes of food insecurity, obesity and Type II diabetes in children, so that every child has access to healthy food and a fighting chance at a healthy future. Feed A Healthy Mind recognizes that there are more than 13 million children who are food insecure in the United States and that the rates of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes has more than tripled in the past ten years. Children are at the heart of Feed A Healthy Mind’s community-based efforts to increase access to healthy foods, to provide educational outreach to parents and children by teaching nutrition, cooking and wellness, and to provide support and resources to those in need. Feeding the Hungry -The fight against poverty in the U.S. has never been as difficult. As of 2012 46.5 million people were living in poverty. 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 15.9 million are children. Our programs, projects and services are designed to both address the immediate food and nutritional needs of our children, and to provide support, educational resources, instruction and outreach that can be carried throughout a lifetime. Fighting Obesity & Type II diabetes - Rates of obesity and diabetes in children are at an alarming climb. Children are being directly effected by what they are or are not eating. Education is the key. When you give parents and children the tools they need to combat these disorders, you will see families making informed decisions, making healthier food choices, cooking & dining together, exercising more and enjoying a much healthier quality of life.