August 28, 2012
POINT PLEASANT — Even though parents know their children should get the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day, it not always easy getting the kids to actually eat them, and Mountain State Healthy Families is working to change that.
Mountain State Healthy Families is holding Family Fun Nutrition Workshop from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at Christ Episcopal Church at 804 Main Street in Point Pleasant. The workshop is for open to parents and children of all ages.
Bree Ramey with Mountain State Healthy Families discussed some of the reasons behind having this workshop, stating they she had recently attended a workshop with the Huntington Area Food Bank. She continued saying a lot of nutritional guides and information have been updated and that information needs to be presented to Mason County children and their families.
“There’s a real need for this in our area,” Ramey said.
During the workshop, it was reported the children will not only learn about the updated nutritional guides, but will also learn about making healthy snacks. Ramey mentioned the snacks will not only be healthy for the children, but will be snacks that are both eye-catching and fun to make as well. Ramey discussed one particular snack on the menu for Saturday called “bugs on a log,” which consists of celery filled with peanut butter and raisins on top.
While the children are able to make snacks and play other games at the workshop, Ramey stated parents will also be able to learn ways to shop for healthy food on a tight budget, as well as planning healthy family meals.
Ramey also mentioned this was the first nutrition workshop Mountain State Healthy Families is holding and there are plans to continue the program in the future. It was also stated that Diana Riddle from the Mason County Health Department and representatives from the Huntington Area Food Bank will be participating in the workshop as well.
For more information on the Family Fun Nutrition Workshop, or to reserve a spot, call 304-857-0020. Additional nutritional information can also be found at www.choosemyplate.gov.