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Class encourages kids to eat healthy, play actively 

Good nutrition and daily active play can help kids grow up healthy.

To help them learn lifelong healthy eating and activity habits, the University of Vermont Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is offering a free, six-week class for Grade 3-6 students.

The Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness curriculum will be taught via Zoom on consecutive Tuesdays from March 2-April 6 from 4-5 p.m. Registrations will be accepted at go.uvm.edu/choosehealth until Feb. 16 or the course fills. Space is limited, so early registration is advised.

Each lesson will focus on a different health behavior goal and involve a 20-minute active game and step-by-step instructions to prepare a healthy recipe. Topics include choosing healthy beverages, adding more fruits and vegetables, understanding nutrition facts labels, eating more whole grains, alternatives to high-fat, high-sugar foods and the importance of breakfast.

Participants also will receive a weekly newsletter with nutritious recipes and tips for the whole family to get and stay active and healthy. Each issue will include suggestions for parents, such as helping their child set and meet goals related to each lesson or prepare the recipes in the newsletter.

If questions, contact EFNEP educator Kate Bilinski at (802) 773-3349, ext. 271, or [email protected] Please contact her by Feb. 16 if requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate.

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