‘Spring into Summer’ lifestyle and nutrition workshops a hit

Registered Dietitian Claudia Gonzalez (center), and Miami Chef Marcello Zito, demonstrate healthy summer snacks.

Miami area families learned how to “spring into a healthy summer” with fun and interactive lifestyle workshops hosted at the Miami Children’s Museum on Saturday May 15. The free event offered parents educational sessions and seasonal tips on their family’s health and wellness and was a partnership between the Miami-Dade Parent Academy and Nestlé Juicy Juice.

This program is part of an ongoing national initiative by Juicy Juice to educate parents about nutrition and child wellness, and featured Claudia Gonzalez, MS, RD, a Registered Dietitian, author and family nutrition expert. She is a nutrition consultant for the U.S. Food Industry and has served as a nutrition expert at International Food Shows around the world. Claudia previously served for six years as a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Free workshops held on-site at the event for families and kids included

“No Meal Left Behind” –Partnering with a local chef, Gonzalez demonstrated simple, tasty snacks and meals that are healthy and easy to whip up in the hot summer months. “Sow Much Fun Garden”– Children had the opportunity to plant seeds for their favorite fruits and veggies and walk away with a better understanding of gardening and the benefits of eating foods that can help the whole family maintain a healthy lifestyle. Kids were encouraged to nurture their plant at home, making it a fun activity they can enjoy all summer.

Zumba instructor Haydee Farrera (left), dances with Antoinne Bailey, 6,

“Let’s Get Ready to Zuuumba” – Exercise does a body good! Parents and kids learned how much fun exercise can be with free lessons in Zumba dancing. Gymboree also was on-site to host classes for younger kids. The Miami Children’s Museum is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway. For more information about The Parent Academy, visit http://theparentacademy.dadeschools.net/. For details, visit www.juicyjuice.com . (David Adame/AP Images for Nestle Juicy Juice)

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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