On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, Natural Gourmet Institute participated in the 5th annual gala to support HealthCorps, a national non-profit founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa. The event was held aboard the battleship Intrepid on Manhattan’s West Side.
This year’s event was the “Fresh from the Garden Gala,” and NGI participated on three levels:
- Our founder, Annemarie Colbin, is a longstanding and active member of HealthCorp’s Board of Advisors
- NGI is an ongoing supporter of HealthCorps
- NGI’s students were directed by Chef Instructor Barbara Rich and prepared delicious vegan appetizers for the exhibition that preceded the gala dinner.
HealthCorps is an organization that recruits recent college grads to work as “coordinators.” These coordinators defer grad or medical school to work 2 years full-time in high schools with underserved youth. Their job is to share the HealthCorps curriculum, specifically to: educate youth about health, fitness, diet and the environment, motivate them to take part in community outreach, and teach them how to advocate for public health policy changes.
HealthCorps teaches in 41 schools across the nation and plans to expand to all 50 states.