Nutrition to the Rescue!
A book called The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, co-authored by Plantsville chef Peter Crouth, was recently honored by The Mom's Choice Awards, a globally recognized program that evaluates products and services created for children and families. It won a Gold Award for best children's picture book.
Crouth, a catering manager at Cosi in Avon, noticed that kids don't know how to eat in a healthy manner. "I saw the alarming rate of obesity among children," he says. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign, he started writing the book in 2010. He appealed to kids' love of animation. "Why don't I take the same concept, make some super heroes and villains, animate fruits, vegetables and proteins and see how that works!" he thought.
Then, he heard a naturopathic doctor and author on a local radio show, talking about his latest book. He contacted Dr. Keith Kantor of Atlanta, Georgia, explained his project and suggested a collaboration. "I loved the idea so I said, 'OK, I'll do it with you!'" says Kantor, noting he took-on the health angle while Crouth focused on food. They created 26 different stories, involving characters like Adam Apple and Bianca Broccoli. The hero? Knute Trition, get it? "It's a pretty all-encompassing book, a family resource," says Kantor. The book includes recipe and exercise suggestions.
Crouth hopes the book, published a year ago and sold by vendors such as Amazon.com, receives more exposure on a national level. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
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