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Common Threads Celebrates Second Annual Cooking For Life Month

The non-profit launches campaign and social media giveaway to support cooking and nutrition education for children

Press Release – AUSTIN (DECEMBER 15, 2016) – Common Threads, a non-profit organization, which provides hands-on cooking and nutrition education to children from underserved communities, is celebrating its second annual Cooking for Life month this January 2017. Today, one third of America’s children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing serious health issues. Additionally, many children are being raised without the joy of cooking and sharing homemade meals with their families. As we leap into the New Year, the Common Threads hopes to dedicate the month of January to raise awareness and focus attention on the importance of equipping our country’s children with lifelong cooking skills and nutrition knowledge.

“Cooking for Life month is an awareness initiative to foster a culture that promotes healthy living and eating.” said Linda O’Keefe, founding CEO of Common Threads. “We have learned so much by working in nine urban cities, each market is unique but all our partners whether they are hospitals, School and Park Districts, or after-school providers are looking for strategies that support building healthier communities.Our organization was built on the belief that sharing a homemade meal is good for the body and soul.”

In support of Cooking for Life Month, organizations, restaurants and chefs across the country will be offering special charitable promotions, events and awareness campaigns. Participating restaurants and local business include:

  • Chicago: Eataly Chicago, DineAmic Group, The Chopping Block, Owen and Alchemy, Sunda, Kanela Breakfast Club, Belly Q, Bottlefork, Cochon Volant Brasserie, Enolo Wine Café, Farmhouse, MAK Restaurant, Milk and Honey Café, Barry’s Bootcamp Chicago & Myredbag
  • Austin: Eden’s East, The Hightower
  • Washington D.C.: Brine Restaurant, Fairfax VA & Rappanhannock River Oyster Company
  • Miami: MC Kitchen, Crumb on Parchment & Izzy’s Fish and Oyster

Additionally, Common Threads is teaming up with celebrity chefs Michelle Bernstein, JJ Johnson and Richard Ingraham on a special Facebook like-to-win giveaway. For three lucky winners, Common Threads will fly one of these chefs to cook his/her family a private healthy dinner in their home! To enter to win, “like” the Common Threads Facebook page,, throughout the month of January.

Common Threads was founded on the principle that cooking is a necessary life skill. Its programs teach children in underserved communities how to lead healthier lives, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, nutrition knowledge and involvement in the kitchen at home. Common Threads currently operates programs in Austin, Chicago, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. Since launching in 2003, the non-profit has reached more than 140,000 individuals, trained 2,800 teachers across the country, provided 1.2 million hours of cooking and nutrition education and served 1.1 million healthy meals and snacks. Common Threads is committed to getting 1 million children cooking for life by 2020

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