Program will teach healthy nutrition and skiing to low-income teens
Truckee, CA (February 23, 2009) — In a community surrounded by the country’s finest ski resorts, the North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) has found a way to make sure everyone in the community has an opportunity to enjoy it. On March 1 and 8, NASTC will host an event for local low-income teenagers to help them encourage a healthy and active lifestyle by teaching them about nutrition and introducing them to skiing.
“The goal of the NASTC Ski and Nutrition Wellness Program is to show kids that being active and healthy can be fun,” said NASTC Director Chris Fellows. “Most of these kids have never had a chance to enjoy skiing in these mountains and might otherwise be staying home when it snows. We want to join tasty, healthy food with winter sports. The Truckee mountain community is a great resource for both.”
The program will partner with Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, who will donate the equipment and lift tickets for all the kids involved in the program. Instructors from NASTC’s world renowned ski instruction program will spend the morning with the kids teaching them how to ski and enjoy the snow.
In the afternoon, the program will partner with the Cedar House Sport Hotel to help show that eating healthy is not difficult or expensive and can even be fun. Two nutritionists will provide the students with information about what to look for in foods and how to creatively prepare them. The nutrition curriculum will be provided by two registered dieticians, Jill Whisler and Maria Martin, both of the Tahoe Forest Hospital and the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. The Executive Chef from Moody’s Bistro, Mark Estee, will then prepare a healthy meal and even provide the kids with ingredients and an assignment to go home and prepare their own healthy meal. Fresh winter vegetables for this assignment are provided by Eat Well Farm in Dixon, CA.
The participants are high school students from the Truckee Tahoe area. The students are all previous participants in U.C. Berkeley’s Adventure Risk Challenge Program, which helps highly motivated English Language Learners by exposing them to the outdoors in conjunction with leadership and academic training to prepare for the future.
This will be the first version of the NASTC Ski and Nutrition Wellness Program but organizers and partners hope to continue with additional programs in the future.