It’s a coconut, it’s a breadfruit, no it’s Super Chef
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Guam’s Food and Beverage Director Robert A. Walter and the Guam State Agency for Child Nutrition Programs unveiled “Super Chef” at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School in Ordot Aug. 30.
The caped and masked “Hero of Health” who leaps to cafeterias in a single bound is the first nationally nutritional mascot whose mission is to encourage kids to eat and cook healthy.
“We want healthy kids,” Walter said. “Healthy kids are healthy adults. If the kids eat a good lunch with healthy nutrition they will be able to learn better and not fall asleep after lunch.”
Super Chef helped promote the new healthy meal pattern for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school breakfast and lunch programs at the school.
Walter said the USDA menu makes a big difference by adding healthier substitutes to the table.
He said Super Chef was there to elevate awareness of eating healthier whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables to both children and adults.
Super Chef also taught about the foods that are “villains” to healthy living. Walter dramatized junk food as the “Mighty Cook’s” kryptonite. Super Chef fell weak when he saw children eating junk food and only regained his strength when the kids threw the unhealthy food away and consumed healthier items.
“I think that the kids had fun learning about the importance of making a healthy lunch, eating healthy and maintaining a diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk,” Walter said.
The coordinators of the event hope this will help Guam in its efforts to decrease childhood obesity and prevent hunger in their school system.
Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School Principal Rebecca Perez, said she thought Super Chef is a great image for our students to learn about eating healthy food and living healthy.
“The kids were very excited and even the adults were very excited today to see the giant superhero,” she said. “We saw him and said, ‘wow this is great.’”
Super Chef is scheduled to visit every Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and public elementary school on Guam throughout the year.
The masked hero will also help organize and star in fun and educational activities like poster-making events, commercials and contests that get children and adults involved in promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles.