Ridgewood, New Jersey-based HealthBarn USA has been recognized for its proprietary healthy lifestyle curricula through winning top honors for "Excellence in Wellness Programming" at the recently held New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Dinner in Atlantic City. The curricula was a unique collaboration with NJ's Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department.
HealthBarn USA, founded in 2005 on a family farm by Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, has empowered over 50,000 families to lead a healthy-lifestyle through its proprietary curricula and teacher training. The sold out Seasonal Healthy Lifestyle Celebrations developed by Antine combined its unique teaching approach with interactive activity stations including cooking, gardening, nature hikes and more. Focusing on children grades K-5, the program was well received by both children and their parents who readily saw an increase in vegetable consumption and physical activity.
"We are grateful for the NJRPA professional recognition of the collaboration to promote children's wellness," said Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, founder, HealthBarn USA and author, Appetite for Life.
Antine’s efforts merit recognition as the percentage of obese children and adolescents affected has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Center for Disease Control. In addition, data from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 US school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) is obese.
HealthBarn’s programs have been affirmed by research conducted by Pamela Koch at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the leading nutrition education research institute. Antine’s 20 plus years of experience in the field of food and nutrition has led to a successful track record of helping thousands of families change their eating habits from fast food to natural food.