If you’re one of those people who think that you have to choose between eating something tasty and eating something healthy, if you feel guilty spending money on yourself instead of giving to a good cause, then you really want to visit any of The Fresh Monkee stores in Berlin, Glastonbury or Wethersfield between June 17 and 23. There you can lose yourself in a thick, creamy shake with names like Chocolate Pumpkin, Maui Colada and Banana Split while treating your body to nothing but healthy ingredients—the nutritional equivalent of a full meal. Better still, for every Snack Sized Shake that the stores sell that week, one dollar will go to Connecticut Children’s, so you can spend your money on yourself and give to a good cause at the same time.
One Simple Idea – Simple Ingredients
Fresh Monkee was started by Judy Flynn with the idea of making healthy shakes that anyone would enjoy and that would also promote good health. “I was disappointed when I tried to find a healthy smoothie when I was out,” she says. “I would see them pump a few shots of this flavor or that or throw some weird secret powder in, which I’d find out later was a combination of sweeteners or other fake junk. I wanted something I would make with real ingredients, always protein and whole fruits and vegetables. I wanted all the goodness of the fiber left in.”
A Match Made in Smoothie Heaven
Of course, healthy eating is one of the priorities at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, too. The Pediatric Obesity Center for Treatment, Research and Education at Connecticut Children’s has a comprehensive program to help children and families change behaviors and develop healthier physical and emotional lives. They treat some 700 children each year, working with pediatricians, surgeons, psychologists, dieticians and physical therapists to provide total support. The team meets with each family individually and develops a plan tailored to their particular circumstances. The key is finding a plan that is realistic and that features small steps that a family can take together. “It’s not a sprint,” says Melissa Santos, Ph.D., the director of the Obesity Center, “it’s a marathon, and it takes time to get there.”
FUNdraising at its Coolest
So it’s natural that Fresh Monkee and Connecticut Children’s should team up, resulting in this fundraising event. You can get one of these sinfully tasty shakes any time during the week, and for a special treat, you can visit the Fresh Monkee store located at 220 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT on Monday, June 18, between 5 and 7 p.m., when Dr. Santos and her team will be there to offer information about nutrition and how to help children and families achieve healthier habits. At the same time, Judy Flynn will talk about the numerous varieties of shakes they offer, with samples. They will also make new combinations based on Dr. Santos’ suggestions as well as those suggested by customers.