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June 6, 2017
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Updated June 6, 2017

The “Kids in the Kitchen” blog series, brought to you by Whole Kids Foundation®, includes tips and tricks to encourage kids’ participation in all kitchen activities—especially in meal planning, prepping, serving and eating. Give kids good choices, and they’ll make great choices!

November 23, 2016
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Mom, Dad, kids, grandparents, teachers, neighbors and more! We’ve got gifts for absolutely everyone on your list. Read on for ideas and inspiration.
October 28, 2016
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The “Kids in the Kitchen” blog series, brought to you by Whole Kids Foundation®, includes tips and tricks to encourage kids’ participation in all kitchen activities — especially in meal planning, prepping, serving and eating. Give kids good choices, and they’ll make good choices!

October 3, 2016
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It’s time to celebrate back to school by getting back to the books with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®! Whole Kids Foundation is proud to partner with Jumpstart, a national early education organization working toward the day that every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
June 17, 2016
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If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say “eat greens first” or “eat as close to nature as possible” …. It’s no secret that a well-made salad heaped with greens is a great way to fuel your day with micronutrients. Then again, those statements are two of our three tenants of healthy eating at Whole Kids Foundation. So I read, write and hear those sayings every day for work.
May 27, 2016
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Plan a summer filled with frugal fun inspired by Whole Kids Foundation’s mission to support healthy families.
September 25, 2015
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At Whole Kids Foundation® we believe that something as small as a seed can ignite a child’s curiosity for fresh food for a lifetime. This is the power of school gardens! Apply for a 2016 School Garden Grant today.
September 1, 2015
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What happens when kids swap playing with electronics for growing gardens? What do they choose when their cafeterias offer tomatoes and broccoli along side of nachos and pizza? They try new foods. They learn to cook. They get excited about healthy choices. Imagine if more kids had that chance.
August 7, 2015
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Learn about how to submit your school for a Let's Move Salad Bars to School grant from the Whole Kids Foundation.
June 25, 2015
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Plan a summer filled with homegrown adventures to reconnect with the kids and feel more deeply rooted in your community. Get started with ideas for frugal fun inspired by Whole Kids Foundation’s mission to support healthy families.
June 19, 2015
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With inquisitive kids underfoot in the summer, they might as well give you a hand in the kitchen! Getting them active in the kitchen may seem like a bit of work up front, but the payoff is well worth it. We have a few recommendations and delicious recipes to get you and your little one off to a good start.
June 6, 2015
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Many of us are familiar with grilling late summer vegetables such as corn, peppers and zucchini, but I hope you kicked off grilling season with spring vegetables such as carrots, spring onions, peas in the pod and kale.
May 9, 2015
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School Gardens | Whole Kids Foundation

When the kids are away, the garden weeds will splay!

One of the biggest issues of maintaining a school garden is that it often goes untended during the summer, wasting the great efforts of spring and becoming a mess for fall growing.

April 16, 2015
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Earth Month is the perfect occasion for parents to talk with kids about healthy ecosystems that sustain human beings and the food we eat. So we’ve broken up these complex issues into fun, kid-sized bites of information and games.
April 11, 2015
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With the season’s egg dyeing and deviled-egg eating, chances are you’re starting to collect a few extra egg cartons around the house. Don’t throw them away!

With a little help from ScrapKins and Whole Kids Foundation®, you can easily turn those cardboard pods into seed starters for your spring garden.

March 7, 2015
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Whole Kids Foundation® is celebrating 4,000 Salad Bars serving 2,000,000 kids 375,000 lbs of veggies and fruit every day. Learn why this matters and how you can participate.
November 19, 2014
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Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or a long-range present planner, our Whole Body department has thoughtful selections for everyone on your list.
November 8, 2014
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Miguel Nelson is a man on a mission. “I love plants. I think plants are the coolest. I feel like civilization would be a better place if people spent a little more time with plants,” says the artist-turned-entrepreneur. And now he’s helping school kids get in on the fun of growing things.
September 13, 2014
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How does your kids’ school lunch program stack up? You have to see it for yourself. Join them in the cafeteria on October 15 for National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, sponsored by KIWI magazine and the School Nutrition Association.
August 26, 2014
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When you donate to the Whole Kids Foundation® “Growing Healthy Kids” campaign every penny goes directly to help provide school garden and salad bar grants, as well as nutrition and wellness education for teachers. All of these programs further the nonprofit organization’s healthy mission: helping kids eat better and enjoy it.
August 20, 2014
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Cultivate a crop of new gardeners by getting kids involved in growing edibles and ornamentals.
August 9, 2014
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Midsummer days seem to linger even longer when the kids are bored. Keep them occupied with these activities packed with fun projects and healthy messages.
July 23, 2014
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Lady Moon Farms is excited to be the first produce grower to sponsor Whole Kids Foundation and support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.
July 12, 2014
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Whole Kids Foundation® has loads of cool ideas for you and the kids this summer, including tips on how to make your garden grow and how to navigate those bulk bins at Whole Foods Market®.
June 7, 2014
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June marks the end of the school year and the start of a summer full of fun learning opportunities for kids. Whole Kids Foundation® makes it easy with four hands-on activities.
May 6, 2014
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Whole Kids Foundation® has new kids’ activities to keep small hands busy and big minds growing. Take a bite out of a good book, get crafty in the recycle bin and learn a new way to pack more nutrition into every bite!
April 18, 2014
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In honor of Earth Month, Whole Kids Foundation® and Whole Foods Market® stores are throwing spring garden parties at 75 schools.
April 2, 2014
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Whole Kids Foundation® wants to see how your family celebrates our wonderful planet. Enter their Earth Month photo contest on Facebook.
February 19, 2014
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Some of my very favorite things in the world start with the letter “B”. There’s berries, beaches, beets, bikes, bees, barns, breeze, books…and BRUNCH! Whole Kids Foundation® is giving some love to the letter B with this month’s kids’ activities.
February 3, 2014
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Judith W. Umlas is Sr. Vice President and Trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL) and author of these great books. Judith’s passion, mission and purpose are to make a difference at work, in families and communities using these powerful tools.

January 29, 2014
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Dan Marek is the School Programs Educator for Whole Kids Foundation®. Prior to joining their team he was a Whole Foods Market® healthy eating specialist where he educated his community about healthy food.

Getting ready for Sunday’s big football game can be tricky if you are trying to keep things healthy. Greasy snacks can weigh you down and make you sluggish by half time. But we have some solutions that will keep your energy going until the trophy is handed to the winner.

January 4, 2014
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Whole, slivers, sections, pulp, no pulp… no matter how you cut it, oranges are fabulous. Their skin smells great and even sprays cool oils when you squish it – so neat! Bright orangey delights are around every corner at Whole Foods Market® right now, because darlin’ clementine… it’s citrus season, and Whole Kids Foundation® is joining in the fun!
December 22, 2013
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Get the kids involved in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these delicious, unprocessed holiday cookies.
November 22, 2013
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At Whole Kids Foundation®, every day brings reasons to be thankful: the victorious smile on a child’s face after tasting that first homegrown carrot, a lunchroom full of kids celebrating their new salad bar, a team of high school students who built a greenhouse from the ground up. Every sweet success for these growing kids is made possible by donations.
October 30, 2013
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Whole Kids FoundationDan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

October 20, 2013
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Chard Cooking School with Alice FongAt Whole Foods Market, we get a lot of questions about organics. And not surprisingly, a good majority of those questions come from parents with young kids.

October 11, 2013
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Adding greens and veggies to our own diets can be a challenge – introducing them to our kids can drive us mad! Some kiddos might cringe at the sight of carrots or kale initially, but introducing tasty meals that are healthy and engaging them in conversations around where vegetables come from can plant the seed for a lifelong salad-lover.

September 27, 2013
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Growing up, my family had soup before dinner almost every night. My mom would spend a few hours in the kitchen every day, carefully cutting and preparing the ingredients, and by dinnertime, we were drinking a delicious hot soup to warm up our bodies.

September 27, 2013
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Britney Fitzgerald is the web editor for KIWI magazine. Growing up, her favorite school lunch was a veggie burrito.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

September 2, 2013
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With the kids going back to school it’s a great time to refresh, restock and restart good eating habits. At Whole Foods Market® we’re excited to partner with many innovative small-scale food companies that are working hard to improve the contents of the American lunch box.

August 30, 2013
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Special alert! On Friday, September 6th you have the chance to support salad with salad. Simply eat at your local Whole Foods Market® salad bar, and 5% of your salad bar purchase will be donated to Whole Kids Foundation’s® Salad Bar Grant Program. You can feel even better than usual about piling your plate high with greens, beans and other veggies because you're doing it for the kids.

August 12, 2013
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Joy Errico Seusing is the Senior Vice President of External Relations for Jumpstart, a national early education organization.

Jumpstart logo

July 13, 2013
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Sometimes the very best family vacation is right in your own city! Instead of spending a mint on airfare or driving for hours, spend a little time brainstorming with your family and plan a load of fun right where you are. These ideas can be strung together for a fun-filled week or used for family time anytime on holidays or weekends.

July 10, 2013
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Kids in the GardenThere are plenty of things to love about having your own backyard or patio garden: fresh produce within an arm’s reach, the satisfaction of growing your own food, maybe even a few bragging rights on your block.

June 16, 2013
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BeesAs a growing number of schools embrace gardening, honey bees are generating the latest educational buzz.

The humble honey bee plays a huge role in our food supply. Experts estimate that one in every three bites of food you eat depends on pollination, either directly or indirectly.

June 7, 2013
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Spending quality time with your kiddos is easy when you follow these tips from DIY expert Mark Frauenfelder.
April 30, 2013
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Besides being an ever-changing source of growth and learning, the beautiful thing about gardening is there’s no right or wrong, only lessons to guide what you’ll do next!
April 11, 2013
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Looking for more? See our earlier post on two easy ways to make every day Earth Day with your kids.

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