re:TH!NK is excited to introduce its new AmeriCorps members for 2017-2018! We are hosting a Wisconsin HealthCorps members and a Wisconsin Farm to School member. Learn more about each member and what they’ll be working on over the next year!
Stevie (Farm to School):
Hello! My name is Stevie (Heimbruch) Brookly I grew up in New London, WI, and I studied Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh! I believe that what we eat and where we get our food plays a significant role in our personal health and the health of the world around us. The more I learn about the systems and culture that affected our food choices, the more I’ve realized that I want to be a part of changing them to work in favor of our communities. AmeriCorps has given me that opportunity while providing me a platform to develop new skills and experiences.
Tae-In (Wisconsin HealthCorps):
Ahnyong (hello in Korean)! I’m Tae-In Lee, but I go by Tae. I was born in Republic of Korea (South Korea), but I came to the states when I was 5 years old, so I grew up in America. I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and got my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Georgia in hopes of pursing medical school. Through AmeriCorps, I hope to gain experience in public health, leadership, and health equity and to apply what I learn here in my future career.
Garden bars are a new way the Oshkosh Area School District is enhancing their Farm to School program, making it easier to offer more Wisconsin-grown fresh produce to the students. Research has shown that garden bars in school lunches increase the children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. When offered a wider variety of fresh, healthy food options on the garden bars, the students are more willing to try new items, and to eat more of their favorites. This helps them to develop habits that support healthy eating over their lifetime.
Garden Bars at OASD focus on offering fresh vegetables and fruits, initially to include one fresh fruit, one frozen or canned fruit, leafy salad greens, and up to three additional vegetables. The Garden Bars are positioned as the first serving area encountered in the lunch line, since fruits and vegetables are required meal components and the colorful display of produce will entice children to choose these components. A cyclic menu coincides with the school lunch menu and work with the existing Farm to School Program to integrate fresh, locally grown products. Local partners like re:TH!NK helped to introduce the bars with volunteers at each new Garden Bar site to help children make good choices, and to hand out buttons, stickers, or other promotional materials.