The HealthBarn® Nutrition Academy is the learning resource that enables HealthBarn® USA to spread its Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks programming nationally to inspire strong bodies, healthy minds.  In the midst of today's processed food, high-speed, tech culture, learning about good nutrition and healthy living is more important than ever. 

HealthBarn USA is a leading voice in family nutrition, based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. We have been empowering children and families to live strong, energetic lives for more than 20 years through proprietary, science-based, hands-on nutrition curricula taught at the Ridgewood campus, schools, libraries, camps and other learning centers throughout the greater New York area.

Rachael Ray, TV celebrity chef and best-selling author, calls HealthBarn "a great idea...I'd love to see a HealthBarn everywhere!"

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Healthy Habits for Life - From a Proven Leader 

2005: HealthBarn USA opened for classes by Stacey Antine, MS, RDN and her team, to teach children about nutrition by growing, harvesting and cooking with their own bounty in the midst of a growing epidemic of childhood obesity and chronic diseases in children as a result of lifestyle choices.  Antine knew from her first-hand clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian, that creating an exciting, engaging hands-on educational experience was critical to help change children's habits.

2012 - 2023
: HealthBarn's proprietary curricula has been integrated into over 50 programs for children, ages 3-15, taught in Ridgewood, schools and other learning centers. Antine wrote Appetite for Life, The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater, published by HarperOne with over 100 kid-approved recipes.

: HealthBarn's mission to empower children and families to lead strong and energetic lives is on course to spread nationally through the Culinary Creations Program that has schools and students coming back for more!  And, more nutrition education programs are in development and will be available soon!
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National Reach

• 70,000+ children & counting
• 500+ assemblies nationwide
• 250+ school workshops
• 150+ school districts
• 50+ libraries
• 25+ after-school enrichments

Proven Teaching Methodology

• hands-on, interactive culinary
& nutrition learning experience
• 7 Healthy Habits & outcomes published in the journal Explore
Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks approach published in Appetite for Life, HarperOne 
• keeps families coming back for more!

Hands-On Recipes

 • 500+ family-friendly, kid-approved
• developed by registered dietitians
• nutrition facts labels provided
• increases fruits and veggie consumption
• teaches safe chopping technique
• builds self confidence & independence

Culinary Creations Educator Training
& Programs

The proprietary Culinary Creations 1.0 & 2.0 Programs are available to teach as an after-school enrichment program, or within the school day for elementary school students in a variety of learning settings. We offer Culinary Creations 1.0 and 2.0 — so you can teach a full year of contagiously fun nutrition education.

Fall & Spring Semesters: The 12-week curricula for each semester include a hands-on recipe, interactive nutrition lesson and fun activities each week to make sure these lessons stick.

Training & Programs Bundled: The Culinary Creations 1.0 Educator Training (6-8 hours including live coaching session with Founder, Stacey Antine, MS, RDN) and Culinary Creations 2.0 Refresher are each bundled with 12 weeks of lessons to ensure HealthBarn's methodology and content are delivered for a Thumbs-Up experience.
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What Educators are Saying About Culinary Creations....

"It's fun getting kids involved from start to finish and seeing their progression from chopping veggies to eating the variety of recipes. I love being part of their healthy choices and experiencing their reactions during each class."
Nikki Hayes, Colorado
"It's best of everything I love doing.  Every part of what I do from cooking to teaching to growing food to working with kids, is all wrapped up in the HealthBarn experience!  It's exciting and fun!"
Randi Scher, New Jersey
"It's great opportunity for me to teach Culinary Creations in schools after-school.  As a nutritionist, I feel good knowing that children are learning about important life skills to make healthy choices. Thumbs-up!"
Rebecca Galada, New Jersey

How Do I Get Started?
It's Simple:

Step 1: Take the Educator Training Course
Step 2: Get certified by The Academy
Step 3: Start teaching Culinary Creations 1.0
Appetite for Life is a fun, practical, and proven guide to raising healthy eaters, from Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, founder of HealthBarn USA. Filled with more than 100 nutritious, easy-to-prepare, kid-approved, Thumbs-Up recipes. Appetite for Life will transform the way your family eats by getting them off the pre-packaged, fast-food path.  A complimentary digital copy is included in the Educator Training Programs.
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