Saturday, February 19, 2011

Childhood Obesity Organization gets new Youth Voice

Today is an exciting day. In a couple of hours we will hold the first-of-its-kind training in Florida to give youth a voice in halting,reversing, and preventing childhood obesity. In a unique collaboration between Growing Healthy Kids, Inc. and the Kiwanis Key Clubs, we begin engaging and mobilizing high school students in the recently funded GROWING HEALTHY KIDS: OUR HEALTH, OUR LIVES, OUR VOICE project in Indian River County, Florida.

This second semester service leadership project is one of the current round of projects funded by Youth Service America. We will keep you posted as the project progesses.

GROWING HEALTHY KIDS is a movement to improve the health - and lives - of America's children, one child and one garden at a time.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids

Monday, February 7, 2011

Growing Healthy Kids Restores Energy Balance to Children's Health (and gives notice that childhood obesity has got to go!!)

Growing Healthy Kids teaches kids and adults that "small stuff matters" in its educational programs and workshops about healthy eating and physical activity. We recommend you start at the beginning with step one: assess your own weight and find out your own Body Mass Index. Are YOU at a healthy weight?? Go to to find the online BMI calculator for adults (height and weight) and kids (height, weight, age, and sex). If we are going to restore the energy balance for kids (to get them eating the right amount of food for the energy they use and need to maintain their bodies in tip-top condition), we better know where we stand. With 2 in 3 adults overweight or obese, who will mentor kids about how to get to a healthy weight if all they see is fat adults?

Help Growing Healthy Kids teach, empower, and inspire kids AND adults how to halt, reverse, and prevent childhood obesity. Join us next Thursday at STAX Restaurant at our MEET THE DESIGNERS party to follow-up our first annual event held last week at Windsor Beach Club. Your preregistration for the MEET THE DESIGNERS party is kindly requested by the restaurant, please go to

Join the brilliant designers who are collaborating with Growing Healthy Kids to make a difference in the health - and lives - of America's children, one child and one garden at a time.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"A Magical Afternoon" for Growing Healthy Kids

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the first annual event, A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN, for Growing Healthy Kids! We are raising awareness about how to improve the quality of foods that children are eating at home, at school, at day cares, and at afterschool programs. One of the things I asked attendees at A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN to do is to call the principal of the elementary school closest to where you live or work and schedule a visit to have breakfast or lunch. Then let me know what you would do to improve the quality of what kids are eating. Then go outside and plant some seeds and watch them grow!

Thank you to everyone who attended A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN! Thank you for being part of our first annual event. Thank you for daring to have the courage to be part of the solution to the childhood obesity challenge in Indian River County, Florida.

Special thank you's go to:
Debbie DeBie for her incredible work as event planner - we couldn't have done it without you!
Barbara Petrillo ( and Ella Chabot ( for their incredible designs of clothing and jewelry that were featured as inspirations and infusions of the positive. Your collaborations and electric creativity are the spark for the FUSION, the FUN, and the FASHIONS that everyone will clamoring to wear!
Elton Thomas
for being the Master of Ceremonies and for coordinating a beautiful and elegant fashion show

Kim George for providing as the host website for event information and tickets

Donna Anselmo of Bold Marketing Solutions for handling the event's media relations
Pritti Prakash for introducing me to Elton Thomas (
Karen Swanson, Karen Frank, and Cindy Hejlik for helping plan the event and to Brian Frank for helping with day of event logistics
STAX Restaurant for hosting our planning meetings and keeping our water glasses filled and great appetizers on the table
Windsor of Florida for inviting Growing Healthy Kids to host its first annual event at the Windsor Beach Club and to Chef Brian of Windsor for your beautiful and delicious foods
Vero Beach Magazine for writing about our event in your January 2011 issue (thanks to your article, we may be working this semester with the UCF School of Nursing to help educate nurses!)
Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program for providing staff to help with event registrations
Treasure Coast-Vero Kiwanis Club members for supporting the community projects of Growing Healthy Kids

Thank you's to our wonderful Event Sponsors:
Nelson Wealth Management Group (Merrill Lynch)
Helen DeBie
Seacoast National Bank
Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Don's Import Auto Service
Nancy Orlando
The Firm, LLC
Shot by Ella Photoart, LLC
The Petrillo Collection
Penelope's Boutique and Twirl (thanks for providing the beautiful pants, shorts, skirts, jackets, and children's tutus for A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN)
Mark's at the Pointe
The Space Arranger
MaxAchiever LLC
Top Drawer Cabinetry & Carpentry LLC
Bold Marketing Solutions, Inc.

Thank you's to our Event Supporters:
Facial Rejuvenation by Dr. Gerald Pierone
Eco-Colour Designs
Publix Super Markets
Decorative Arts
Jetson TV & Appliance
Blue Ribbon Boarding & Grooming
Riverside Theater
Sebastian Gym
Florida Kids
Bags by "B"
Kiva's Organic Contour
Alternative Medicine Family Care Center
Hands for Healing
River Grille
Patti's Bistro & Catering
The Etched Heart
Bags 'N Rags
Essential Healing Therapy
Island Smoothie Cafe

The Village Store
Vic's Pizza

When you do business with any of these businesses and individuals, please thank them for supporting Growing Healthy Kids and helping us to improve the health - and lives - of America's children, child and one garden at a time.

To quote one of the event's attendees, "A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN was a magical afternoon!!"

With deep gratitude and sincere appreciation to everyone for helping create A FUSION OF FASHION AND FUN so we can add fuel to our work that teaching adults that childhood obesity is not OK and must be reversed, I thank you all.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids