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Kids Learn To Eat, Cook Healthy In White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Local families enjoyed fruit-kebabs and other kid-friendly, healthy food samples, tips and recipes for low-cost, easy-to-make meals at a Food Day celebration Sunday at the Westchester County Center.

National Food Day is Oct. 24, but the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s Cares and the Westchester County Department of Health, sponsors of the educational celebration, held it from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday to make it accessible to the maximum number of people. The event is part of a national celebration that aims to inspire adults and children to cook, serve and prepare healthy, sustainable, affordable food.

Marie Roth was one of four dieticians for the Eat Well, Be Well program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital at the celebration who showed families how to eat healthy for less money.

The Eat Well, Be Well Program teaches kids in kindergarten through eighth grade about nutrition throughout the school year, and is funded by a grant from Kohls.

“People were very receptive to the information we had for them,” said Roth, whose daughter Trudy volunteered at the event. “Everybody seemed surprised with the cost analysis when you compare fast food to the cost of healthy food.”

Roth, Beth Mosher, Alex Oppenheimer and Sarah Lippincott told people that a healthy meal like cheese and fruit kebabs costs $0.99 per serving and the ingredients are common supermarket items. Asian chicken salad, which contains every food group, costs $0.97 per serving to make, said Lena Covanna, director of media and community relations for Blythedale Children’s.

“Everything we do is family focused,” Covanna said. “Everything was made colorful to make it attractive to kids.”

The event was free, but the price of admission was a non-perishable boxed, bagged or canned food.

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