STRONG – Ms. Christi Mitman’s fourth-grade class celebrated Nutrition Awareness Month with a fun-filled lesson on healthy snacks on March 17.

Eva Greenthal and Nadene Pillsbury from Strong Area Health Center and Molly Clark from Let’s Go! Franklin County visited the classroom to teach students the difference between “Go Foods, Slow Foods, and Whoa Foods,” discuss the benefits of eating healthy snacks and impart skills for reading nutrition facts labels. Students also had a healthy snack of fruit kabobs dipped in yogurt and granola.

For many of the students, this was their first introduction to the 5-2-1-0 message: 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours of recreational screen time or less, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks each day.

Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine. The organization partners with schools, childcare and afterschool programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to promote the 5-2-1-0 message and create healthier environments for children and families.

Strong Area Health Center is a recognized 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Healthcare Site of Distinction and partners with schools and community groups to promote nutrition and physical as part of the HealthReach Youth Initiative.

To learn more about the HealthReach Youth Initiative, contact Eva Greenthal, AmeriCorps VISTA member, at [email protected] or 660-9915.

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