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May 7, 2010

Angel Oak Elementary School project named to All-Health Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Angel Oak Cooking Club at Angel Oak Elementary School in Johns Island has been named to the All-Health Team, the S.C. Department Of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Nurse Alexandra Phipps organized the club out of a concern for a student who was having health problems. She wanted to find a way to help the student make diet and lifestyle changes,” said Joann Minder, All-Health Team program coordinator. “Nurse Phipps realized that there were many children at the school with the same unhealthy eating habits.”

Minder said the fourth and fifth grade students learn healthy eating habits by preparing and cooking meals with healthy ingredients.

“Simple recipes are researched and prepared,” Minder said. “Recipe cards are posted in the cafeteria and given to each student to try at home with their families.

“By learning concepts such as portion control and how to eat and cook healthy, the Cooking Club has the potential to impact the lives of not only the students, but their families as well,” Minder said.

For being named to the All-Health Team, Angel Oak Elementary will receive $500 to expand its project, t-shirts and other All-Health Team items, recognition on the All-Health Team Web site and a television spot on WIS-TV in Columbia.

DHEC, WIS-TV, and BlueCross-BlueShield of South Carolina sponsor the All-Health Team. Each month, the partnership recognizes an individual or youth group promoting health in their community. For more information, visit the All-Health Team Web site, call Minder at (803) 545-4501, or e-mail her at: minderjm@dhec.sc.gov.

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For more information:
Joann Minder - (803) 545-4501
E-mail - minderjm@dhec.sc.gov
or
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
E-mail - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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