The WITS and Wisdom of Bill Telepan (podcast)

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WITS is an acronym for Wellness in the Schools. It’s also an organization in which Chef Bill Telepan believes wholeheartedly.

Wellness in the Schools is inspiring healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools.

This is taken from the WITS website:

Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. Today WITS programs serve approximately 30,000 public school children across New York City, Kentucky, and Florida.

In 2005 a group of concerned public school parents united around the conviction that healthier bodies make healthier minds and that, conversely, unhealthy school environments interfere with student health, school attendance and academic achievement. Our goal is simple: we want our children to have the best possible environment in which to learn and grow.

Not a bad plan.

Wellness in the Schools is inspiring healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools.

Bill Telepan is a New York chef who has spent time in some important kitchens. Bill’s longtime dedication to locally grown ingredients is unquestioned.

After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America he apprenticed with the legendary chef, Alain Chapel outside of Lyons, France. He worked with Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque and Gilbert Le Coze at Le Bernardin. After that, he was hired by Alfred Portale at his Gotham Bar & Grill. In 1998, Bill joined JUdson Grill, where he earned three stars from the New York Times.

In 2006, he opened the eponymous Telepan. This year Telepan Local opened in Tribeca.

Telepan is a busy man, but he still makes time to help set young kids on the right path of wellness. He and WITS do this by teaching that eating fresh, healthy food, getting plenty of good exercise, and to always taking care of the environment are worthy goals worth pursuing.

That’s quite a mission, but Bill Telepan and WITS seem to be up to the challenge.

Recently, we spoke with Chef Telepan about WITS, the importance of good food, and what he’s up to these days.

You can listen to what Chef had to say below.

Do you think there should be a wellness program at your kid’s school?

Photo credit: Bill Telepan