Dr. Azeez Farooki

Associate Attending Physician, Endocrinology service

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

"Child obesity levels in the United States have tripled since the 1970’s. Children across the US are being diagnosed with food related illnesses traditionally associated with adults, such as diabetes.

Beetbox has an admirable mission of educating children right in their school classroom about better dietary options. A turnkey box provides in-depth food education to create connections on a much deeper level than a healthy snack or meal ever would. Teachers receive a box with extensive lesson plans, fresh produce for food exploration and cooking, soil and pots to grow their own food, art projects, and more.

Beetbox is an innovative concept that is likely to have an immense impact on early food choices. I am encouraged by it and hope that it will be adopted by schools far and wide.  I believe this program could help improve the future health of the nation by engaging and educating children from the outset."