Nov 30, 2020
Brooke Wilson, MSW, NC, is a
Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Chef. She believes that
home cooking is one of the foundations of health and that food can
be incredibly healing. She founded Summer Thyme Wellness
where she teaches nutrition and cooking to children, teens, and
adults. Very recently she worked with the national nonprofit,
Wellness in the Schools, where she advocated for healthy school
lunches and taught kids about food and nutrition. COVID has
really changed how she is able to work, and she is pivoting in
order to continue to teach while also being safe. She’s
currently based in Reno, NV, with her 16-year old poodle and her
In This Episode We Cover:
her love for working with people led her to social work, which then
led to public health with a focus on nutrition and
work in Camden, NJ with the nonprofit Wellness in the Schools
working on preventing obesity in school-aged
surprising way many kids react to “healthy” food.
ways in which community organizations have really stepped in during
COVID to make sure meals are accessible to kids and
COVID has changed the nature of her work.
variations in school cultures even in the same geographical area
and how those affect change-based work.
strategies to engage school leadership.
exposing kids to new foods is crucial.
to get involved in this work if you are new to the
cooking and food are a foundation of health.
become a part of the school community) “It’s a matter of observing,
meeting with people, and talking to the
engage the school as a community) “It’s about making sure I was
building relationships with the principal, the lunch staff, and
do you need? How can I help?”
- “ It
wasn’t my change to be made. It was the school's change and
they had to decide what they needed and how it was going to
kids are involved in the cooking, it opens their eyes and sets them
on a healthier path because food is so important for our health and
cooking is the base for that.”
should bring joy. It should bring friends together, families
something new, if it feels right keep going in that
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