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National nutrition month marked by GCMH with visits to grade schools

March 30, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

REINBECKStudents were exposed to new flavors as Grundy County Memorial Hospital dietitian Crystal Petersen, RD LD, paid a visit to the Reinbeck Elementary School as part of National Nutrition Month activities in March.

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for Nutrition Month, which encourages people of all ages to choose the most nutritionally packed foods possible from each of the five MyPlate food groups. Petersen is presenting the program to a total of 23 elementary classrooms in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Grundy Center school districts. The program includes a children's story, discussion, and hand out for the students to take home to their parents.

Tasting nutritious food choices is a key part of the program for youngsters, says Petersen, who says her message to children focuses on enjoying a variety of foods. She introduced snap peas and mangoes to the students. "I chose snap peas because they are a fun, different vegetable with a mild flavor. Mango is a neat choice to introduce to young people because many kids have not tried it and it is naturally sweet. Both are excellent sources of vitamins that our bodies need daily as well as good sources of fiber," Petersen adds.

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GCMH dietitian Crystal Petersen, RD LD, is presenting “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” to a total of 23 elementary classrooms in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Grundy Center School Districts as part of National Nutrition Month activities in March.
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The dietitian's information for parents encourages them to include kids in food preparation, grocery shopping, family mealtime and gardening. "These are excellent ways to introduce kids to a variety of food and to learn to enjoy foods," says Petersen, who emphasizes that parents can do many things to help their children develop healthy eating habits for life. "Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group," Petersen says, and adds that children are more likely to try new foods and like a larger variety of foods when a variety of foods are offered to them and when parents are willing to try new foods themselves.

For more information on any GCMH services please call 319-824-5421 or visit www.GrundyCountyHospital.org.

 
 

 

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