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Healthier Kids and Wellness in the Schools

by Arielle J on April 27, 2015

wellness in the schools benefit

Every May, I look forward to the Cherry Blossoms and the WITS benefit!

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations in the movement to end childhood-obesity.

I’ve been associated with WITS for 10 years, and am continually impressed by impact of their hands-on health and fitness programming in public schools. Their work in the cafeterias, classrooms, and recess yards help even the most struggling schools create lasting cultures for healthier kids and wellness in the schools.

Some examples of the amazing WITS impact, include:
– building greenhouses and hydroponic tower gardens on the rooftops of public schools to give students access to nature
– teaching students about where food comes from and giving them the opportunity to taste fresh off-the-vine herbs
– championing the fight for green cleaning supplies in schools. Toxic chemicals are now out of schools!
– winning the fight for styrofoam trays out of schools too (effects 1M kids daily)
– curating menus in school cafeterias by healthy chefs. (Now offering tasty, healthy, options, like vegetarian chili, instead of mozzarella sticks)
– Incorporating vibrant, healthful and fresh salad bars in school cafeterias

This year, WITS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a gala at
Tom Colicchio’s RiverPark on May 5, 2015.

wellness in the schools benefit invite

The honorees of this year’s benefit include:

– Sam Kass, Former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition
– Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder/CEO of FEED
– Jenna Wolfe, TODAY Show/NBC News Correspondent

And, it’s going to be hosted by one of my favorite/funniest
celebrities, Chrissy Teigen.

About Wellness in the Schools:
Wellness in the Schools (WITS) inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. WITS programs currently support 60 schools and 30,000 children in New York, Kentucky, and Florida.

Tickets to the gala are being sold here.
If you’re not able to make it, you can still do good and bid on fabulous items starting on 4/28 here.

If you are a company, brand, chef, fitness expert and you would like to get involved with WITS, check out their site at or email me at for more info.

Hope to see you there!
Be Well,

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