The Well Kiddos ™ Foundation
A Half Moon Bay organization led by Manuela Seitz-Hipkins, Well Kiddos (formerly KidsHealthyChoices™) advocates providing children with healthy food choices when dining in or out. A mother of three young children and a pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist, Seitz-Hipkins has developed a deep respect for the connection between nutritional habits of the children she treated and the effectiveness of their therapy. Her goal is for children to have a chance to develop lifelong healthy eating habits, and her vision is to change Kid’s Menus in restaurants locally and nationally, “one restaurant and one family at a time”. Well Kiddos is currently in the process of applying for a non-profit status.
The media has put America’s parents on alert status. Daily, we hear reports about the need to turn kid’s eating habits around, to look at food labels and to buy natural and, when possible, organic foods for our children.
According to a government study, about one in three teens and children is overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17.4 percent of kids and teens 12-19 years old are overweight; more than triple the rate just 20 years ago and an additional 15% of teens are at risk of becoming overweight. Young people are now experiencing such health problems as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, fatty liver and diabetes.
‘Well Kiddos’, a Half Moon Bay organization led by Manuela Hipkins, advocates providing children with healthy food choices when dining in or out. The program is designed to help both restaurants and parents:
– Restaurants – ‘Well Kiddos’ helps a restaurant evaluate their current menus and advises them on ingredient choices to make the items healthier for children. ‘Well Kiddos’ provides promotion for healthy menus through its blog, website, and PR.
– Parents – ‘Well Kiddos’ helps parents make better choices for their children, by evaluating and promoting healthy restaurant menus, providing a community forum for news and discussion, and providing other services such as in home cooking classes, and pantry makeovers.
– Schools – Well Kiddos provides educational classes to enhance school’s curricula via hands on cooking demos, interactive lectures and menu reviews for school lunches.
See what supporters are saying:
“Manu, Thanks you for all you are doing for kids, nutrition and health!”
Dr. Alan Greene: ( Pediatrician, Stanford School of Medicine, Author of Feeding Baby Green)
“Manu – Looks GREAT.”
Chef Ann Cooper: (“The Renegade Lunch Lady”)
“Manu – Good luck with your amazing project. Would love to be in your network.”
Anna Getty: ( actress, heiress, holistic lifestyle expert, writer, chef and mother)
“Manu – I applaud your efforts likewise! I’d be happy to advise you when I am able to. I think the “kid’s menu” is a great way to educate families about whole foods. Ann and I are both on the Advisory Board of the Chef and Child Foundation, and Kid’s Menus are one of the Foundation’s main issues this year. Please keep me updated on your efforts and feel free to call upon me if I can be of help.”
Amy Kalafa: (Executive Producer “Two Angry Moms”)
“Studies are showing that healthy, made-from-scratch, fresh food improves kids’ attention span, attendance and performance at school,” adding, “that positive trend should carry over into kids and their families’ culture of dining at home and in commercial establishments. We are on a course to have the highest rates of childhood obesity and diabetes ever in this country if we don’t change children’s exposure and reliance on processed foods. We owe it to them and to ourselves to make a change.”
Olivia Wu, Executive Chef at Google, former Chronicle Food Writer
She is the owner of Well Kiddos™ in Half Moon Bay Ca. and attributes her passion for Children’s health and safety to some remarkable events:
Manu grew up in a small town in Germany near Frankfurt. Similarly to the coastal community around Half Moon Bay, her town was also gifted with the availability of home grown fruits and vegetables as well as animal based food sources, through the local farming community. Her grandparents owned a local Restaurant, which would be nowadays dubbed as a “slow cook movement” Restaurant.
After coming to the U.S. Manu quickly gained 10 pounds in just 3 months, which turned her attention to the food labels. She recognized that the foods she felt familiar with tasted differently and had different ingredients listed. She read “Healthy at 100” and knew that she needed to focus her energy on helping children and parents to find healthy ways to live well in a society that promotes fast food and highly processed foods.
Then during Manu’s professional career as a pediatric speech language pathologist she developed a deep respect for the connection between nutritional habits of the children she treated and the effectiveness of their therapy. Finally, after the birth of her children, she wanted to ensure that they would have a chance to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
Manu followed the developments around healthier school lunches closely. Hearing about the efforts and successes Ann Cooper (“The Renegade Lunch Lady”) and her staff were able to create, she was encouraged that this could be done for Restaurants as well.
It is Manu’s vision to change Kid’s Menus in Restaurants not only locally one by one, but nationally. Michelle Obama’s announcement to support positive changes to prevent childhood obesity is only one proof that Well Kiddos™ is on the right track.
Well Kiddos™ in a nutshell:
- Supporting families with the goal of helping them to create a healthy eating environment at home via education, advocacy, hands on guidance and Kid’s Menu recommendations.
- Supporting restaurants in reviewing their menus and in helping to create healthier choices for the menus, winning new customers and empowering the chefs to be part of the new health revolution.
- Supporting schools by providing educational classes to enhance school’s curricula via hands on cooking demos, interactive lectures and menu reviews for school lunches.
Moss Beach Ca 94038
Telephone: 1 (650) 274-0269
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