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Bring Emmy Award-winning nutritionist, Barbara Storper, MS, RD, and our dynamic FOODPLAY performers to your upcoming conference, workshop, or training… and be prepared for rave reviews and a Standing Ovation!

What huge success! Comments from attendees included: ‘fun-filled,’ ‘a great way to learn,’ and ‘educational and entertaining!’ The overall rating for the session was A+ for content, delivery skills, and offering a new perspective! Thanks again for contributing to the success of our annual conference!”
—Christine A. Stapell, MS, RD, LD/N, Executive Director, Florida Dietetic Association

About Barbara Storper, MS, RD

Barbara Storper, MS, RDBarbara is the founder and Executive Director of FoodPlay Productions. A leader in the field of children’s nutrition, Barbara has reached over four million children across the country with her live nutrition theater shows designed to turn kids on to healthy habits.

Barbara has spent over 25 years creating, producing, and presenting innovative programs, media campaigns, curricula, videos, and tools to help turn kids on to healthy and active living. Her FOODPLAY programs are evidence-based with proven results, with USDA and CDC evaluations showing dramatic improvements in children’s eating and exercise habits. Barbara is a popular conference speaker, journalist, and media spokesperson, appearing widely in the national media promoting food access and good nutrition for the nation’s youth. She’s been honored with a host of awards including:

  • Emmy Award for Best Children and Youth TV Special
  • Outstanding Young Nutrition Educator in the Country Award from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur in the Country Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University Teachers College

Keynotes, Presentations, and Workshops

FOODPLAY: Making Good Eating and Active Living Great Fun!

k-f-smallAdd fun and excitement to your next conference with FOODPLAY! This national award-winning nutrition show uses the power of live theater to turn kids on to healthy habits. Featuring amazing feats of juggling, motivating characters, music, magic and audience participation, FOODPLAY showcases fun and empowering ways to make nutrition come alive and inspires audiences to improve their eating and exercise habits. Created by Barbara Storper, MS, RD, FOODPLAY has reached over four million children across the country to rave reviews, top awards, and outstanding evaluations. Evidence-based with proven results, FOODPLAY has been shown to dramatically improve children’s eating and exercise habits, and they take the messages home, according to USDA and CDC evaluations.

Outstanding presentation! The actors kept the audience constantly engaged by their passion and wit. The issues dramatized are highly relevant to the physical and mental well-being of our kids. How can we get this out to all our schools?”
—National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, New Orleans, LA

Hands-On Nutrition: Strategies to Turn Kids on to Healthy Habits!

Join Barbara as she demonstrates how to make nutrition come alive. Recipient of a host of awards, Barbara brings over 25 years of creative nutrition education and media expertise to help educators put sparkle into their programs, boost creativity, increase effectiveness, and bring fun back to their jobs. Barbara will share her 7 Strategies to Turn Kids on to Healthy Habits and demonstrate a variety of innovative approaches using theater arts and interactive media to speak to children in their language and motivate them to improve their eating and exercise habits.

We came here expecting to hear from the best and the true experts, and Barbara truly is…. I don’t think you can improve on this!”
—New York Nutrition Council Annual Conference, Albany, NY

FOODPLAY COMBO: Trigger School and Community-Wide Excitement for Healthy Habits!

Barbara will introduce the FOODPLAY show and share successful strategies educators can use to motivate children and families to improve their eating and exercise habits, and promote food choices that are good for our health and the health of the planet. Participants will learn how to take the lead in school and community-wide wellness initiatives, create effective social marketing and media campaigns, and get all stakeholders excited and on-board to work together to create healthier schools and communities.

Very interesting. Barbara kept me listening and I really loved the FOODPLAY Show. I have been working with food service 22 years and have been to many, many workshops and conferences. Hers was one of the best that will stay with me.”
—New Mexico Food Service Directors Conference, Albuquerque, NM

Put the Spotlight On School Nutrition!

Now that you’re meeting the new guidelines, how are you getting your kids to go for the healthy foods served? How can you put the spotlight on school nutrition and trigger excitement for your programs? Join Barbara as she demonstrates how to make good eating great fun and boost excitement for your school food service programs. You don’t have to paint broccoli neon green or dress up like Elvis “Parsley” to get kids to go for the healthy foods served. But, it sure helps to put some punch in your message, excitement in your offerings, and joy in your outlook. Barbara along with the FoodPlay troupe deliver a dynamic and engaging presentation using theater, music, magic, juggling and audience participation to inspire and empower! They’ll present a variety of innovative approaches that food service personnel, from directors to front line staff, can use to increase school breakfast and lunch participation and get kids to go for the healthy foods served – especially fruits, veggies, and whole grains, all in a spirit of fun and celebration! With everything on their plate, participants will learn how to juggle! With limited time, money, and resources, simple things mean a lot. Barbara will showcase a host of effective approaches that food service staff can use to create a fun and exciting lunchroom, link cafeteria with classroom learning, develop positive relationships with their customers, provide dynamic standards-based nutrition education, and build school-wide excitement for school nutrition.

Barbara brings over 25 years of creative nutrition education, marketing, and media experience to help food service staff spotlight their programs, add sparkle to their cafeteria, boost creativity, increase effectiveness, and bring some fun back to their hectic jobs.

One of the best presentations I’ve attended in 26 years of teaching! A wealth of terrific information presented in such a creative way!”
—John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition Conference, Framingham, MA

Creativity Boot Camp – Make Nutrition Come Alive!

If you’re a teacher or work in school food service – you’re already performing amazing feats of juggling! But, why not learn how to really juggle, without dropping the balls? Join Barbara as she demonstrates how to make good eating great fun – for the kids and YOU! She’ll share dozens of fun and exciting ways to make nutrition come alive in the classroom and cafeteria. Help market your healthy food offerings, making fruits, veggies, and whole grains, the go-to choice for kids, increase school breakfast and lunch participation, and put the spotlight on school nutrition. Barbara will showcase dynamic activities and lesson plans to help educators integrate nutrition into core subject areas and meet the new Common Core Standards. Use a variety of approaches that speak to children in their language including puppetry, storytelling, circus arts, social media, theater, and arts integration tehniques. Learn how to trigger school-wide excitement to get all stakeholders on board – kids, teachers, parents, and administrators, to support School Nutrition and work together to create effective wellness policies and healthier schools.

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Upcoming Conference Presentations

Creativity Boot Camp – FoodPlay: Making Good Eating Great Fun!
Check out this fun-filled session at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference, July 25-28, 2015, in Pittsburg, PA.

Put the Spotlight on School Nutrition!
Don’t miss Barbara and our FOODPLAY troupe’s Opening Keynote at the Maine School Nutrition Association Conference, August 4th -5th, 2015, in Bangor, ME.
+ Break-Out Session with Barbara: Make Nutrition Come Alive! 

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