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Chefs promote healthy eating at Marshfield schools


Marshfield chefs showed students at Washington Elementary School how easy eating healthy can be.

"This helps by teaching kids that things can, like, still taste good and everything, but they can be healthy, and so, you don't need sugar and all that to have good, tasty food," said Leah Gruen, Washington Elementary 6th grader.

Children did more than just watch – they got in on the action.

"We just bring the kids up on stage. They help us prepare. We did a frozen yogurt today with fresh fruit. We used honey instead of sugar as a better alternative for sweets," said Steve Tollers, one of the chefs who did the demonstration.

Then, the students got to sample what they help the chefs prepare.

"Kids can do this because it's very easy and you just blend some fruits, and it was really, really good," said Gruen.

While the food tasted good – there was also an important lesson.

The students learned about the importance of eating healthy and being active.

Organizers say one in three children in Wood County is overweight or obese.

"States across the nation are becoming increasingly obese, and Wisconsin is certainly among those," said Deb Englehart, an organizer of the event.

Organizers say they hope this event will teach children to make healthy choices.

They had similar events at four other elementary schools.

"I think it's a problem nationwide. I think it's something that we really need to nip in the bud and start doing more things like this just to get the children aware and just so they know. Get it out to the parents. So, I think this is a great start," said Tollers.

A great start and a recipe for healthy living.


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