Wellness (WITS)

Chair: Olivia Von Kolken

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a non-profit, community based organization founded in 2005 in order to improve the environment, nutrition, and fitness in NYC public schools. In an effort to combat childhood obesity and create healthier environments in which to learn, WITS developed Cook for Kids where local chefs work alongside kitchen staff to create healthier meals for NYC’s public school children.

WITS follows the School Food Alternative Lunch Menu which features many scratch-cooked recipes, whole grains, and fresh vegetables. In addition, the very flourishing wooly pockets garden on the school play roof, carefully nurtured and tended by parent Cristina Latici with the help of some dedicated parent volunteers, will be regularly harvested by parents and students to serve in the salad bar for as long as the growing season allows.

The WITS lab program at PS3 is a series of hands-on cooking classes that highlight seasonal ingredients, cooking techniques, nutritional concepts and a recipe tasting of the finished dishes.

Recipes from WITS

Make the potato salad your kids came home raving about! Spring 2017 Potato Lab Brochure