Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth’s (FLIPANY) fights childhood hunger and obesity with innovative nutrition education, cooking, worksite wellness and fitness programs. We serve kids, families, and other members of the community, including seniors, by collaborating with community centers, schools, companies, after-school programs, parks, and social services agencies. Our programs make South Florida more food secure and physically fit.
FLIPANY, as the only Florida partner of the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store programs, connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.
FLIPANY also delivers the After-school Meal and Summer Food Programs to over 5000 children in 95 Miami-Dade and Broward County after-school programs. This represents over 1,000,000 nutritious meals for children who would not otherwise have access. These nutritious snacks/meals are paired with nutrition education for the teachers and children taking a holistic approach to increasing children’s access to food and nutrition resources.
FLIPANY’s physical activity programs consist of the Couch to 5K® program where our experienced fitness staff train middle school students for 9 weeks through running clinics and strength training that culminates in completing the FLIPANY Fun Run 5K in January each year. FLIPANY’s Spring Break Youth Mountain Biking Camp for ages 8-14 facilitates team building and character building through mountain biking and an Earn a Bike program is coming soon.
To learn more about FLIPANY, visit www.FLIPANY.org
ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH’s COOKING MATTERS
Cooking Matters plays a critical role in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry™, its campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Here’s how Cooking Matters helps provide kids at risk of hunger with healthy foods where they live, learn and play:
- Cooking Matters courses help families with limited resources make healthy meals at home, using a wide variety of foods that are commonly available in their grocery stores, in WIC packages and from emergency food providers such as food pantries.
- Course instructors teach cooking skills, practical nutrition information and food budgeting strategies that will last a lifetime.
- Adult and teen participants receive groceries at the end of each class to practice making the recipes they’ve learned that day.
- Courses include information on how participants can enroll in federal, state and local assistance programs.
- Cooking Matters classes are often held in conjunction with after-school, summer food, Head Start and WIC programs.
To learn more, visit www.CookingMatters.org