Contra Costa Mayors’ Healthy cook-Off

CONCORD — There was a synergy of healthful living practices as local city officials and chefs faced off during this year’s eighth annual mayoral cook-off at Todos Santos Plaza, surrounded by farmers market purveyors and youth demonstrating a commitment to fitness. And, the bounty of ingredients for the competition arrived solely from locally sourced farms, […]

REAL FOOD FIRST

Students in Cindy Gershen’s sustainable hospitality class are learning math, science, engineering and nutrition, feeding both their young minds and growing bodies.

Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days

Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days, a rigorous new study found.

Mt. Diablo High School Students and Contra Costa County Leaders Test Their Hypotheses for Changing the Way We Eat in Washington, D.C.

MT. DIABLO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LEADERS TEST THEIR HYPOTHESES FOR CHANGING THE WAY WE EAT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Mt. Diablo High School students and other leaders in Contra Costa County are audacious enough to believe that food and nutrition is primary to education, not peripheral. Cindy Gershen, Culinary Arts instructor at […]

Mayor and Vice Mayor of Concord Support Mount Diablo High School Student Delegation to Washington, D.C.

March 30, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO — Thirteen students from the Mt Diablo High School Sustainable Hospitality program will travel to Washington, D.C. April 6 to educate their peers and legislators on how to live healthier lives, using their curriculum called “Pathways to Healthy Living.” The Vice Mayor of Concord, Laura Hoffmeister, will be accompanying the students along with other community leaders and educators.

Concord: ‘Salad Bar Project’ classroom prototype could lead to sustainable business

CONCORD — Rising from a 20-gallon, soilless base and lit with an eerie white glow, organic agriculture in Cindy Gershen’s Mt. Diablo High School classroom grows in one direction — up. Bursting from open pockets in a newly-assembled Tower Garden, organic greens flourish fan-like and scent the air like an outdoor garden in midsummer. Invented […]

Gearing up for the Annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot

It’s that time of the year to begin preparations for the upcoming Walnut Creek Turkey Trot to be held on Thursday, November 27th. This is an event Wellness City Challenge enjoys sponsoring with The Forma Gym as it brings families and friends together to help promote healthy lifestyles while strengthening community ties.

Bringing innovation to our schools as reported by Contra Costa Times

CONCORD — With a staccato pace, Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, continued to feed the minds and appetites of students at Mt. Diablo High School with a bounty of whole foods.

Ritz, students in the sustainable tourism program at the Concord campus, school personnel and local proponents of steering clear of food that’s processed, gathered last Tuesday to continue an area campaign started several years ago by educator and restaurant owner Cindy Gershen.

Wellness City Challenge Announces 6th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Cookoff

City officials from Contra Costa County are joining together for the sixth time to promote building a healthy community.

How Much is Too Much Added Sugar?

I have decided to start sharing some of the lessons I have been teaching to my students at Mt. Diablo. I have learned so much being in the classroom and my goal is to see this taught at EVERY high school in America. I have gone so far as to challenge my seniors to limit […]

The Truth About Smoothies

“One current fad is to juice the entire fruit into a “smoothie”. Juice bars have popped up all over the West Coast, ostensibly because juicing is healthy. The problem is that the shearing action of the blender blades completely destroys the insoluble fiber of the fruit. The cellulose is torn to smithereens. While the soluble […]

Teens Cook With Heart Bay Bridge Challenge!

Students from Mt. Diablo High School’s Sustainable Hospitality Pathway were recently featured in the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury after participating in an Iron-Chef style event at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on Monday, March 17th. Below is the article posted on the Contra Costa Times Website SAN FRANCISCO […]

Assemblywoman Bonilla Names Cindy Gershen as the 14th Assembly District Woman of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has named Cindy Gershen as the 14th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Gershen was recognized along with recipients from the other 79 California Assembly districts at today’s annual California State Assembly Woman of the Year ceremony.

We Need Your Support!

Hello Wellness Champions! The year 2014 has started out with a bang as Cindy Gershen (our organization founder) is launching her new book co-written with Dr. Robert  Lustig called “The Fat Chance Cookbook.”  The book demonstrates the curriculum that is now being implemented in a model program designed by Cindy at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord. You […]

The Fat Chance Cookbook has Arrived!

It has finally arrived!  The Fat Chance Cookbook, a compilation of over 100 real food recipes is available on December 27th. I cannot tell you how excited I am and how proud my students are of this cookbook. It was truly made from scratch. Click here to purchase the book through amazon. Please email wellnesscitychallenge@gmail.com […]