Welcome back!

Our first meeting of the year will be held this Wednesday in CAS 442 at 5:30 and we hope to see all of our current members as well as some new faces! We also would like to encourage you all to bring a friend. Light snacks will be provided but feel free to bring some food of your own. Just be sure to label your goodies (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nuts etc.) if you do so! We have a lot to talk about with regards to the coming year some come prepared with some ideas of what you’d like to do within our community. We’re stoked and you should be too; see you soon! 

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  1. Betsy Bragg says:

    Vegan/vegetarian job opportunity
    “Real Kids Real Food” (Healthy After-School program) Intern

    *We strongly encourage students who wish excellent field experience for college credit to apply (preferred, but not required)

    About US

    Optimum Health Solution is a small non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2005 with the mission of preventing obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition in children through experiential/hands on education of healthy living: positive mindset, primarily plant-based and exercise. Its office is in Waltham, MA and its program, Real Kids Real Food, is presently at Mystic Learning Center in Somerville, MA.

    Our vision is to launch the Real Kids Real Food framework into programs across the country. This framework can be integrated into any context: school, after-school, and youth centered nonprofits. This not only serves to build empathy, it provides an opportunity to learn and apply tangible 21st century skills. We are in the process of writing a procedural manual including 30 lesson plans, physical activities and recipes. Real Kids Real Food Kids-Tested Recipes has just been published and is available on Amazon.

    Role Description

    We are looking for two part-time dynamic individuals to fill the roles of Health Educators. Health Educator #1 (HE1) will prepare lesson plans (for publication) and classroom materials in preparation to teach Real Kids Real Food and then, implement the plans at Mystic Learning Center for at-risk children ages 5 – 12. HE2 will work only at the Mystic Learning Center: preparing the classroom, implementing the lesson plan, cleaning up, debriefing with the team and discussing the lesson plan for the following week. Through hands-on activities concerning nutrition, local and organic plant-based food and gardening, grocery shopping, planning and preparing meals, children learn how to achieve and continue an overall healthy lifestyle. The program broadens their exposure to making healthy choices with attention to affordability and incorporates physical activities and parent involvement. For details see http://www.realkidsrealfood.org.

    • Lead physical activities for 5 -12 year olds with measurable results.
    • Research and write lesson plans.
    • Implement lesson plans and learning goals in classroom setting.
    • Develop class materials including games, craft projects and food prep.
    • Create assessment tools for beginning and end.
    • Complete administrative tasks with supervisor including, but not limited to attendance and finances.
    • Transportation of class materials to and from main office in Waltham to class location in Somerville.

    Skills Needed
    • Passionate about promoting our mission: to prevent obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition in children through education and advocacy of healthy living
    • Experience and love of children ages 5 -12, especially inner-city children
    • Ability to write in depth lesson plans
    • Experience and love of preparing vegan/plant-based recipes
    • Enjoy playing soccer, basketball and yoga with preteens and 5 – 8 year old physical activities – a plus
    • Works well as a team member, flexible and punctual
    • Excellent writing skills to create a “How To” procedural manual with lesson plans and recipes for other organizations
    • Gardening experience a plus.
    • Mac, iphoto, graphics & wordpress knowledge
    • Car and laptop required

    Project Scope & Benefits
    • Start Date: Jan 2015
    • Hours and Location: HE#1 8 hours at Waltham, MA office and 2 hours at Mystic Learning Center, Somerville, MA – Tuesdays 3 – 5pm; HE#2 Tuesdays 3-5 pm in Somerville.
    • Learning/travel stipend.
    • Skills: In this position, you will gain curriculum writing, management, food preparation, benefits of food, exercise and stress management, evaluation and valuable networking opportunities.
    • Benefits: We can offer course credit (based on your academic department requirements), nonprofit mentorship, curriculum writing experience and the opportunity to connect with non-profits and social enterprises.

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