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​Laura Smith, BVSD School Food Project Program Coordinator / 720-561-6005


Child Nutrition Advocate and Children’s Book Author to visit Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

EatRainbow-Spanish4x4.pngLAFAYETTE, CO: Children’s book author and child nutrition activist Kathryn Kemp Guylay will visit Boulder Valley School District’s Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer on Friday, March 3, for a special healthy eating event. Preschool students will enjoy a delicious BVSD School Food Project lunch followed by a reading of Guylay’s book, “Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow.”

*Media are invited to attend the event.*
Friday, March 3, 2017

Preschool lunch - 12:30-1:10 p.m.
Author readings - 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer
101 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026

Formerly, a management consultant in Chicago, Guylay shifted careers when her daughter and son were born in the early 2000s. After diving into nutrition journals and learning that one out of three kids born in the 2000s were expected to develop diabetes if they continued to eat the Standard American Diet, Guylay dedicated herself to solving the problem of nutritionally related disease in this country, which accounts for approximately 80 percent of all disease.

Guylay is an outspoken advocate of the Let’s Move campaign and founder of the nonprofit Nurture, which focuses on low-income populations who are disproportionately affected by nutritionally related disease. Through her work, she realized two things must happen for health education to be effective and impactful: it must be easy and it must be fun.

Guylay connected with BVSD Director of Food Services Chef Ann Cooper, a like-minded and world-renowned author and child nutrition advocate in her own right. Through her work in BVSD, Cooper has introduced many students to healthy eating, good nutrition and eating a rainbow. Colorful salad bars stocked with fresh and, when possible, local produce are available at BVSD schools every day. Students learn early on about the importance of eating many colors of fruits and vegetables to benefit from the variety of nutrients. Guylay’s “Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow” reiterates the fun, ease and importance of enjoying rainbow salads as a part of school lunch every day.

EatRainbowCover4x4.jpgAbout Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow
Mom's Choice Awards® Recipient. Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award Winner. 2016 Family's Choice Awards Winner. Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow uses charming illustrations by 12-year old Alexander Guylay combined with real-life photography and simple rhymes by award winning nutrition educator Kathryn Kemp Guylay to create an augmented reality that immediately draws kids into the story. Kids are introduced to Blake, the main character, who feels sleepy (low energy) and wonders why he doesn’t have the energy to play like other kids. Blake meets a friendly, magical leprechaun who takes Blake on a journey to find the pot of gold (a metaphor for good health and energy). Blake is shrunk down to tiny size and explores the colorful world of fruits and veggies. The colors (and fruits and veggies) lead to the pot of gold, where Blake feels vibrant and full of energy. The book addresses healthy eating, specifically fruits and veggies, in an engaging and positive way. For more information about the Eat a Rainbow movement, including free multimedia resources such as handouts, art activities, videos and more, please visit

About BVSD School Food Project
At the School Food Project, we believe that for kids to learn, think and be the best they can be, they have to eat well. Because of this, we are dedicated to improving the health of each student by providing healthy food and offering nutrition education programs to grow young bodies and minds. We serve fresh and nutritious food every day. This amounts to nearly 13,000 scratch-cooked meals each day! We use locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible, and we avoid highly processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, dyes and food additives. Salad bars are offered daily at every school and are stocked with fresh, delicious and, when possible, local farm fresh produce.

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