About

Ingredients for Education

Ingredients for Education is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization founded by former Sesame Street International Executive Producer, Natasha Lance Rogoff, in 2013, leveraging technology and multimedia to create programming that promotes healthy eating, family cooking and exercise to prevent childhood obesity in youths and families.

The mission and primary activity of IFE is the dissemination, implementation, and servicing of the innovative multimedia curriculum program, KickinNutrition.TV — delivered to inner-city, minority Title 1 Schools (where greater than 40% of students receive free and reduced lunch), afterschools, and community organizations, at no-cost or, at subsidized prices, based on foundation and corporate contributions. IFE also conducts rigorous evaluations in collaboration with university partners to measure the quantitative impact of the program on nutrition knowledge and health behaviors.

Visit www.ingredientsforeducation.org

KickinNutrition.TV

KickinNutrition.TV is an innovative, digital program designed to educate, entertain, and empower kids to make healthier food and lifestyle choices! KickinNutrition.TV features engaging videos and interactive learning tools designed for urban, inner-city youth and their families. The program utilizes comedy, hip music, and engaging research-based, peer-to-peer nutrition instruction and cooking demonstrations. The program is aligned with common core by grade and was developed by an award-winning former Executive Producer of Sesame Street International, in collaboration with esteemed experts from Boston University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy.

Evidence-based research has demonstrated the program's measurable impact on children's health knowledge and behavior. Online metrics integrated into the platform measure on-going engagement and quantitative impact.

Production Team

Natasha Lance Rogoff

Executive Producer, KickinNutrition.TV; President/Founder, Ingredients for Education
Natasha Lance Rogoff has produced and directed KickinNutrition.TV with a talented team of artists since 2010. Rogoff is a seasoned children’s television producer and former Executive Producer of Sesame Street International where she created 182 episodes on location in Russia and Mexico. Natasha and her team envision KickinNutrition.TV as a fresh exciting dish to entertain, educate and empower children and families to eat healthy and stay physically active in order to reduce childhood obesity around the world. Rogoff has earned numerous awards for her current affairs and children’s programming.

Jamie Klufts

Program Director, Ingredients for Education
Jamie is an experienced health educator who has worked both domestically and abroad to move students of all ages, teachers, and parents alike to achieve better health outcomes. Jamie received her Master’s in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health. She has previously worked for the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston University Wellness and Prevention Services, and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. Her vast experiences include program development, social media strategy, relationship management, and video production. Jamie strives to infuse innovation, strategic collaboration, and effective communication into all that she does.

Maria Kobrina

Video Editor, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

In addition to editing KickinNutrition.TV, Maria is an editor at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Production Coordinator at The David Project. 

 

 

Tim Loudon

Technology Consultant

Researchers

Susan Philliber

Research Consultant

Philliber Research Associates is an independent research and evaluation firm that specializes in outcome-based evaluation and program planning services for social, cultural, educational, health, media, and other programs. Founded in 1987, PRA has evaluated hundreds of programs across the United States and abroad.

Paula Quatromoni, DSc, MS, RD

Tenured Associate Professor of Nutrition, Boston University

Dr. Quatromoni is a nutritional epidemiologist with a funded research program in adult and childhood obesity and holds faculty appointments in the Department of Health Sciences at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. Serving as the Director of Research for a study of KickinNutrition.TV curriculum implementation 1,500 Massachusetts students, funded by USDA-NIFA-SBIR in 2011-2014.

More Production Team

Max Evry

Filmmaker & Movie Journalist

Max is a filmmaker and writer whose movies have earned a number of grants and honors. In 2007, he served as associate producer, co-writer, and designer on the KidsCOOK Productions pilot, Finky’s Kitchen. He currently lives in New York City, and when not making films or artwork, he is a featured online interviewer and writer for such sites as ComingSoon.net.

Alex Hogan

Motion Graphics Designer, Neoscape

Alex Hogan has been working in post-production professionally for 4 years, first as an editor and these days creating motion graphics for television and the web. Alex is Lead Animation and Motion Graphics Designer for KickinKitchen.TV.

Ryan Hinkle

Manager/Booking Director/Engineer and Producer, Sanctum Sound

Ryan's appreciation for music is deeply rooted and he has been fortunate enough to record, produce, and write with many talented artists. He has worked in genres including hip hop, folk, rock, R&B, pop, and electronic. In addition to composing original music and acting as Audio Engineer on KickinNutrition.TV, Ryan is an in-house producer, engineer, and manager at Sanctum Sound.

Adam Schneider

Senior Audio Engineer at Seven45 Studios

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2007 with degrees in both Music Production and Engineering and Music Synthesis, Adam began to work alongside professional keyboardist David Rosenthal on projects including the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities and the Billy Joel : Last Play at Shea concerts. Adam landed his first video game role as an audio designer for Activision’s Guitar Hero handheld titles, and has worked on video game franchises that include Marvel, Skylanders, and Transformers. A self described ‘synthesizer geek’, Adam has a strong passion for all things music technology and prides himself on being able to record, edit, mix, and produce all of his content as well as plays a wide variety of instruments.

Kate Grogan

Manager of Corporate Consulting and Special Events, Fenway Sports Management

Kate is as Project Manager for animation and motion graphics. On KickinNutrition.TV.

Cory Kahaney

Stand-up Comic

Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife…ex-wife. This year, she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, made her fifth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a new TV special for Nick Mom. Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless." Cory is a contributing scriptwriter on KickinNutrition.TV.

Kate Ghiloni

Digital Content Manager, TD & Stand-up Comedian

Kate Ghiloni is a Boston-based comedian and writer and a contributing scriptwriter on KickinNutrition.TV. Kate has been featured nationally on NBC's The Feast and RooftopComedy.com. She has performed in the Boston Comedy Festival (2010) and the Women in Comedy Festival (2010, 2011). As a writer, Kate's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Post Magazine and People Magazine.

Web Design

Pam Galante

Graphic Designer, Direct Capital Corporation

Constantly seeking new ways to challenge herself and her creativity, Pam is always looking to try new things. With a degree in the worlds of fine and digital art as well as management, she has a unique outlook on how a creative business works. While with KickinNutrition.TV, she has had opportunities to dip her toes into all sorts of creative pools: web design, document layouts, project management, art direction, and prop creation for the filming of a KickinNutrition.TV lesson. 

Ann- Patrice Hickey

Owner, Eden Design

After directing the SummerMath program at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Hickey worked at the Center for Applied Special Technologies (CAST) where she programmed the Gateway Stories, a Smithsonian Award winning series of switch- accessible e- readers and books. Striking out on her own, she founded Eden Design and wrote accessible constructivist mathematics software. In the late 2000's, Dr. Hickey moved to Drupal web development, and she has since developed websites for the MIT's IS&T department and the MIT Alumni Association. 

Elisabeth Morant

Associate Product Manager, Google

Elisabeth Morant is the Digital Producer for KickinKitchen.TV and worked in web development and writing for KickinNutrition.TV. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying Computer Science and Engineering. Elisabeth comes to the project with experience working in video games and interactive television, having cultivated her skills in both fields at Microsoft, NBCUniversal and now at Google. 

Ruby Tamberino

Program Manager, Microsoft

Before beginning at Microsoft, Ruby studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on IT's impact on business. Ruby is a student at Harvard Business School and a contributing designer for KickinNutrition.Tv's website. 

 

 

Game Design

Jeremy Monken

Game Designer, Muzzy Lane Software

Jeremy Monken is a producer and game designer at Muzzy Lane Software, Inc. Before working at Muzzy Lane, he was a game reviewer for many years and has written for The Escapist and The Examiner newspaper. He was Lead Game Designer on StudenTopia. 

 

Bert Snow

Lead Game Designer, Muzzy Lane Software

Bert Snow is a designer with broad perspective that includes game design, graphic and interface design, interactive music, and sculpture. His game designs have won awards including the League for Innovation Best New Product Award, Invision Awards Silver Medal for Best Overall Game Design and the E3 Leonardo daVinci Award for product design. Mr.Snow was Director of Design and Content for StudenTopia. 

Tim Durkee

Web Developer, Muzzy Lane Software

Mr. Durkee was Director of Web Development for StudenTopia. 

 

 

Consultants

Eitan Glinert

Founder and Creative Director, Fire Hose Games

Eitan Glinert is the founder and Creative Director of Fire Hose Games. He is also an alumni of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab and the Education Arcade. His research interest is in games accessibility. From 2005-2006 ge was the project coordinator on Immune Attack at the Federation of American scientists (educational game that teaches immunology to high school students). His titles generally have a strong focus on education, science content, usability, and accessibility. 

Scot Osterweil

President and CEO at SciTech and SciTech Kids

Scot Osterweil is the Creative Director of the Education Arcade and a research director in the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He is a designer of award-winning educational games, working in both academic and commercial environments, and his work has focused on what is authentically playful in challenging academic subjects. He has designed games for computers, handheld devices, and multi-player on-line environments. He is a founding member of the Learning Games Network (www.learninggamesnetwork.org). 

Marta Mussacaleca

Harvard Board Fellow

Marta Mussacaleca has multi-industry background, spanning exploration and operations in the Oil & Gas field, as well as Management Consulting and Food Services. Additionally, Marta served as the COO of Children of Hope Uganda and ran her own catering company. She has a Masters in Petroleum Geology and is presently pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School (2014). 

Huong (Julia) Nguyen

Harvard Board Fellow

Huong (Julia) Nguyen is currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a StudentBoard Fellow with KickingKitchen through HBS’s Board Fellows program. Coming to KickingKitchen, she is excited about combining her professional interests in strategy, finance and marketing and her personal interests in food, healthy eating and education. 

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Emily Averbook

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Averbrook is a physician who has been practicing for over 25 years, and on the American Board of Radiology since 1993. She served as President of Pinehurst Radiology from 2011-2012, and specializes in diagnostic radiology.

 

Kok Tjun Chan

Advisory Board Member

Kok Tjun is a Principal at Springtide Equity Partners.  In 2014, he received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.  Prior to HBS, KT was a management consultant at BCG in London. He has also worked in a number of small to mid-sized companies, from pet product e-commerce start-ups in London to palm oil mills in Malaysia. 

Juliana F.W. Cohen

Advisory Board Member

Juliana Cohen is a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she received a doctorate in the Department of Nutrition and a master’s in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on innovative school-based interventions to encourage the selection and consumption of healthier foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. More...

Stephanie Khurana

Advisory Board Member

Stephanie Khurana received a B.S. in Applied Economics from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  She is founder and Managing Director of Higher Aims, LLC, and previously served as Acting Executive Director at the Tobin Project. More...

David Ludwig, M.D., PhD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Ludwig received a PhD and an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Ludwig developed the Children's Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program - a multi-disciplinary care clinic dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children who are overweight/obese. More...

 

Beth Mendelson

IFE Board Member

Ms. Mendelson serves as Director on IFE's Board. Ms. Mendelson is Senior Executive Producer at Voice of America, in charge of special programming and documentaries. Ms. Mendelson was formerly Chief of Voice of America’s Afghanistan Service, where she developed Voice of America’s radio, television, and internet programming in Dari and Pashto to prominence in Afghanistan. Her communications career spans 25 years, and she has worked with the White House, non-profit organizations, and commercial media. She has been an Executive Producer for major American and European networks, including PBS, CNN, ITN, ARD, and MSNBC. She has produced documentaries for the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, Agency for International Development, World Food Program, and U.S. Department of State.

Kristina Michael

Advisory Board Member

Kristina is an experienced communications, marketing and social media executive who has forged strategic social media partnerships, school partnerships, philanthropic partnerships and community-relations efforts for Ingredients for Education. She formerly worked for TD North Garden, providing game-day production support for the Bruins and Celtics. Kristina was also the co-producer of the Boston-based talk show “Don’t Retire, Inspire” supported by the Mayor’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, and a feature writer for Scene Magazine. Kristina brings all of this experience into bringing IFE into numerous Title 1 schools all over the country.

Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Mozaffarian is Dean of the Gerald J. Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His background is as Co-Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology; Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. More...

Suzanne Priebatsch

IFE Board Member

Ms. Priebatsch serves as Treasurer on IFE's Board. Ms. Priebatsch is a Wealth Adviser at Morgan Stanley. She is currently on the board of the New Center for Art and Culture in Boston and the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and has served as a member of the Women’s Executive Council of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She was also for many years on the board of the Children’s Museum in Boston. She is actively involved with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and in 2006 was honored by the Boston Chapter of Hadassah as a “Woman of Distinction.”

Eric B. Rimm

Advisory Board Member

Eric Rimm is Professor of Medicine at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.   He is the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. More...

Rachel Vazquez-Reina

Advisory Board Member

Rachel Vazquez-Reina is an Associate at McKinsey & Company.  In 2014, she received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Previously, Rachel was the Deputy Director of America Forward, a social entrepreneur-led policy coalition at New Profit Inc. 

Walter Willet, M.D., Dr.PH

Advisory Board Member

Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H. is an American physician and nutrition researcher.  Currently, Willett is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.  He is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. More...

Sponsors

Sponsors & Supporters

Health Foundation of South Florida

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By funding providers and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in the health of individuals and families. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $115 million in grants and program support. For more information, visit the website, www.hfsf.org.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 88,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $14 billion and currently has more than 430 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.

Trefler Foundation

Established in 1997 by Pamela and Alan Trefler, the Trefler Foundation is a private foundation with broad philanthropic interests. The Foundation’s overarching mission is to improve the opportunities for young people from urban neighborhoods to develop the skills, knowledge, and values they need to lead productive lives. To achieve this mission, the Foundation focuses its community support on strategies that improve educational success and that help promote community health and wellness. In addition, the Foundation undertakes special initiatives that reflect compelling opportunities for impact.
Mario Batali Foundation

Mario Batali Foundation

Long before he was a household name, Mario Batali was a philanthropist. Whether donating his time, services or dollars, Mario has been actively involved in the charities close to his heart for many years to raise awareness and support for children’s disease research, literacy, hunger relief and nutrition education. Prompted by these philanthropic efforts, in 2008, Mario launched the Mario Batali Foundation. The MBF strives to ensure that all children are well read, well fed and well cared for. To learn more about the Mario Batali Foundation, visit http://www.mariobatalifoundation.org/where-the-funds-go/kickinnutrition-tv/

The Heckscher Foundation for Children

Sponsors

The Heckscher Foundation was founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. Today, it provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts and recreation. 

 

 

United States Department of Agriculture

Sponsors

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), which makes competitivel y awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunitie s in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if successful. 

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, with more than 1,200 lawyers in 18 offices in major cities throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America, is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has a long-standing and greatly valued tradition of service to the community.

Ropes & Gray, LLP

Ropes & Gray has a global team of more than 1,100 professionals, whose top-notch skills, varied backgrounds and unique perspectives can help them meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and reach their goals. An international presence, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Ropes & Gray’s public service commitment is a hallmark of the firm, rooted in the example set by the firm’s founders nearly a century and a half ago.

The Thomas L. Kempner Foundation

The Thomas Kempner Foundation supports children's health.

John Carlson Private Foundation

In 2014, the John Carlson Private Foundation provided generous support for KickinNutrition.TV in Title 1 schools and underserved communities.

Partners

Boston University

Research Partner

A leading private research institution with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. Research partner during USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research grant – Phase I and Phase II – KickinKithcen.TV and KickinNutrition.TV.

Tufts University Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1980 by bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational programs, and community service programs in nutrition. It is the only school of its kind in the United States and one of the few institutions in the world to offer an M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. through innovative, interdisciplinary programs in the field of nutrition.

New York Common Pantry

Partner

NY Common Pantry Program is New York City's largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of our families by providing culturally-appropriate and nutritiously-balanced food. 

Boston City TV

Partner

Boston City TV is the city television service featuring city news, announcements and notices as well as public affairs and educational programming reaching over 180,000 households.

NYC Media

Partner

NYC Media, part of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, is the official TV, radio and online network of New York City, informing, educating and entertaining New Yorkers about the City's diverse people and neighborhoods, government, services, attractions and activities.

Harlem Village Academies

Partner

The Harlem Village Academy Vision: for students to become intellectually sophisticated, wholesome in character, avid readers, independent thinkers and compassionate individuals who make a meaningful contribution to society.

Pinellas County Schools

Pinellas County Schools is the public school district serving Pinellas County, Florida. The district is based in Largo. With over 104,000 students served in more than 140 schools and centers, the district is the 7th-largest in Florida and 26th-largest in the nation.

BELL After School Program

BELL exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. The BELL After School program expands learning time during the school year to help scholars master academic skills and succeed during the school day. They work closely with principals and teachers to design and deliver an after school program that aligns with school day learning and priorities.

Cambridge Public Schools

Partner

Cambridge Public Schools are built on a foundation of academic excellence and committed to promoting an environment of social justice.

Foxborough Public Schools

Partner

The mission of the Foxborough Public Schools, guided by its core values, is to engage students in a rich, diversified education, thereby empowering them to challenge themselves as they become productive, responsible citizens.

Everett Public Schools

Partner

Who We Are: We are countless parents and family members supporting our children and demanding a 
high-quality education for them.


We are the residents of Everett, Massachusetts, who know that a strong school system and 
high achieving students are the backbone and the future of our community.

Lawrence Public Schools

At LPS, the ultimate goal is to provide all students with a rich, high-quality education that mirrors the suburban experience and closes the achievement gap between students and their suburban peers. They seek to achieve this through a common vision for high-quality instruction, a re-imagined urban school system, and collaboration with the Lawrence community.

The Dalton School

The Dalton School is committed to providing an education of excellence that meets each student’s interests, abilities and needs within a common curricular framework and reflects and promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity in the community as an integral part of school life.

Let's Talk About Food

Partner

Founded in Boston 2010, Let’s Talk About Food is a national, educational and event-driven partnership organization aimed at increasing the level of public literacy about all aspects of our food system.

The Boston Collaborative For Food and Fitness

Partner

The Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness (BCFF) is a city-wide partnership working to improve community health through a comprehensive initiative addressing issues related to food and fitness. The Collaborative is comprised of dynamic individuals representing a diverse group of sectors, including healthcare, government, education, youth development, food systems, social services and residents.

FoodFight

Kickin' Friend

FoodFight’s mission is to revolutionize the way we eat and think about food. Using schools as a platform, FoodFight arms teachers, students, parents and school staff with the tools and knowledge they need to make healthier choices and become role models and agents of change for their families and communities.

TASC

Kickin' Friend

Founded as The After-­‐School Corporation in 1998 through a challenge grant  from the Open Society Foundations (then the Open Society Institute), TASC was the first organization that set out to build a citywide system of daily comprehensive after-­‐school programs for kids in kindergarten through high school.

School Nutrition Association

Kickin' Friend

The School Nutrition Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to financial aid, education, professional development, and research in school food service - resources that equip SNA members to efficiently serve nutritious meals to millions of school children each year.

The Children's Aid Society

Kickin' Friend

The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive.We have been serving children for over 160 years, a longevity that is a testament to our ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of today’s youth. 

Cast

Meet the Cast

Reyna

Reyna is the star of KickinNutrition.TV – a talented singer who dreams of winning America’s first Top Teen Chef Competition. Reyna hosts her own online cooking show with her best friend, Stacy, and becomes an overnight viral sensation! Her perfectionism causes some sparks but Reyna blows off steam by chopping carrots and belting out killer songs with Stacy.

Stacy

Stacy is Reyna’s best friend and co-host. She is a free-spirited, freaky smart goofball and perfect foil for Reyna. She loves to dance and show off her sick fashion sense with wacky outfits, like her “bacon dress.” Stacy’s other best friend is her feminist cat, Lucy.

Devon

Devon is a high-performing athlete and all-around good guy with an insatiable appetite for food. This comes in handy as he’s the guinea pig for Reyna’s tasty cooking. A basketball phenom and social chameleon, Devon is liked by all and especially by his crush, Reyna.

Max

Max is KickinNutrition.TV’s go-to guy for cool websites and killer beats and sounds. He is the group’s prankster, with Reyna as his prime target. Max’s parents are strict Vegans, so he produces the show in exchange for food.

Mr. Z

Mr. Z is Stacy’s Dad who constantly embarrasses his daughter with his eccentric personality. As a molecular gastronomy professor, Mr. Z is excited about KickinNutrition.TV and lets the gang film in his ultra-cool kitchen. He helps keep it safe in while sharing (not always wanted!) his vast knowledge of Marvel Comics. A stream of Mr. Z’s friends- that include famous chefs and pop stars- are always dropping by KickinNutrition.

Jarod

Jarod is Reyna’s arch nemesis. He oozes grease from all the junk food he so loves to eat and….sell for $$ out of his school locker. His dad is the CEO of a successful fast food and junk food empire, Beezleburgers Inc. His obnoxious cockiness and need to be the big man on campus makes him the perfect villain at school.

Special Guests

Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud

Chef and Restaurateur
Daniel Boulud is the award-winning chef-owner of seven New York City restaurants, with additional dining destinations around the globe. He may be a world-famous restaurateur, but he has never lost touch with his roots in the small village near Lyon, France, where he was raised on his family’s farm, and was first inspired by the rhythm of the seasons. Boulud has become renowned for the contemporary appeal he adds to soulfully satisfying cooking rooted in French tradition.
Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings

#15 WR, Minnesota Vikings
Greg Jennings is a professional American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted out of Western Michigan University in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2006 NFL Draft. Greg Jennings scored two touchdowns to help the Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV. The Greg Jennings Foundation is a private family foundation organized to make impactful grants within the Michigan and Wisconsin communities that focuses on youth education.

Jared Sullinger

#7 Center, Toronto Raptors
Jared Sullinger is an American professional basketball player who signed with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA in 2016. Previously, Sullinger played for the Boston Celtics where he was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Sullinger took the college basketball world by storm as an Ohio State Buckeye with his size, strength, and efficiency in the paint. He was the first Ohioan to be named PARADE Player of the Year since current NBA superstar LeBron James in 2002 and 2003.

Testimonials

Educators & Students Rave About our Program's Impact!

"There is no other multi-platform program that so directly engages children through online and episodic and musical television content. KickinKitchen.TV is a truly innovative product that delivers educational content with integrity and clear goals. I believe that KickinKitchen.TV can make an important contribution to how we address our nation's childhood obesity crisis. KickinKitchen.TV is made for the generation that is most critically affected by this epidemic. I believe that KidsCOOK Productions is well positioned to create an additional product that would be attractive to educational institutions, after school organizations and health clinics. KickinKitchen.TV can quite possibly change the nutrition education landscape for future generations by providing interactive tools to convey nutrition concepts to a targeted audience that responds to stories, music, kid-to-kid interactions and interactivity."

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director Yale University Prevention Research Center

"I believe that the [KKTV] educational package is unique and clearly fills both a need and a niche for high quality, evidence-based nutrition education curriculum materials servicing students specifically in the middle school years. Furthermore, the novel combination of digital media, high entertainment value, and experiential learning provides a distinct means of engaging students and empowering healthy habits in their everyday lives. The KickinKitchen.TV curriculum bundle also lies in in its ease of implementation and limited burden of prep time required of classroom teachers."

Susan Cowell, Wellness Content Specialist Medfield Public Schools

"The New York City Mayor's Office is thrilled to be presenting such a high quality program, which not only entertains but also educates kids on leading healthy lives. I strongly support KidsCOOK Productions as a small business that is doing tremendously innovative work that can positively impact the health and well being of indigent populations in the New York City area."

Katherine Oliver, Commissioner The City of New York Mayor's Office of Media And Entertainment

"I believe that KidsCOOK Productions' program, KickinKitchen.TV, fills an important gap in children's nutrition and wellness education. KickinKitchen.TV and its associated website, provide a unique tool to improve the health, and the eating habits of young people. Any healthcare professional or institution interested in reducing the prevalence of diet related chronic illnesses should be interested in propagating the KickinKitchen.TV product."

Michael L. Blau, Partner Foley & Lardner LLP

"With their novel digital format and online delivery model, Ingredients for Education and KickinNutrition.TV is changing the nutrition education landscape for future generations. Their programming provides interactive tools that convey nutrition concepts through stories, music, and peer-to-peer interactions and interactivity, prompting youth to identify with relatable characters and learn from humorous scenarios, teaching them key nutrition lessons in a way that standard health booklets, worksheets, and classes cannot."

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

What Students Have to Say about KickinNutrition.TV!

"The KickinNutrition game is really fun, and the characters look like the characters from the episodes. They have really good graphics – I learned how to eat healthy foods and eat better."

Jade, 5th Grader - Maria L. Baldwin School

"I learned that healthy foods can be good too..."

Tisa, 5th Grader - Maria L. Baldwin School

"I learned about balanced meals, which I didn't know before. I would really like to recommend this game to my friends, because it's kind of up my alley, and my friends like the same kind of game. So, it's kind of like...awesome."

Caleb, 5th Grader - Maria L. Baldwin School