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Infusing Healthy Eating Habits in the Classroom

"We thought it would be good to have an educational activity because that is our mission to inspire people to be active and eat healthier," said Jenny Fleming, HEAL's Executive Director.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Obesity affects 17 percent of all children and young adults in the united states, according to the CDC. One local group called HEAL is promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles during Thursday's Day of Caring activities. 

Second graders at Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School learned about different fruits and vegetables.

"We thought it would be good to have an educational activity because that is our mission to inspire people to be active and eat healthier," said Jenny Fleming, HEAL's Executive Director. 

Students even tried a healthy snack they could make at home.

"One of the things that we did today was the healthy snack and some of the vegetables that we had on our snack some of the students might not have tried before," said Fleming.

Fleming also wants to continue more healthy eating activities in school.

"So getting them earlier is probably the best thing. It's kind of trying to lay the foundation for early, early healthy habits so that, they can expand their horizons," said Fleming.

HEAL of Washington County is also hosting other healthy programs like fitness walks and seminars. For more information, check out their website at: http://healofwashingtoncounty.org/our-programs/

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