Students learn healthy eating habits

Nearly 800 elementary students throughout Idaho are learning to eat better, read nutrition labels and prepare healthy snacks this summer.

Staff from the Eat Smart Idaho program in partnership with the University of Idaho and 4-H Food Smart Families are traveling to more than 3 Idaho counties to teach kids hands-on nutrition education.

“The purpose is to demonstrate healthy eating habits and let the youth make the choices,” said Bridget Aman, the program coordinator for Eat Smart Idaho.

During one-hour lessons students are learning healthy living skills that include how to create a shopping list, hand washing and food safety. The program is to give students and families information and resources to eat healthy and be active.

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“I’m learning that you need to eat a lot of vegetables and sugar isn’t good for you,” said Sadey Olsen, a third-grader at Meridian’s Chief Joseph Elementary School.

Nearly 2,700 students are expected to go through the program this year and participate at schools, community centers, migrant programs, and other programs that serve K-12 students.

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