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Edmond students learn healthy snack options

Edmond's Washington Irving Elementary School first-graders learned to make healthy snacks during a session about eating correctly that was presented by the American Heart Association and Natural Grocers. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Edmond's Washington Irving Elementary School first-graders learned to make healthy snacks during a session about eating correctly that was presented by the American Heart Association and Natural Grocers. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

EDMOND — First-grade students at Edmond's Washington Irving Elementary School recently learned some tips for eating healthy through a joint venture organized by the American Heart Association and Natural Grocers.

The organizers visited the school and read the students a story about Gregory, the Terrible Eater, a goat who learns that eating things like fruits and vegetables is healthier than the traditional goat diet consisting of things like newspapers and old shoes.

The students learned to make “healthy cookies” using apple slices, sunflower butter and a few heart-healthy toppings.

“We're trying to teach kids how to recognize healthy food options compared to unhealthy ones,” said Brooke Bowlware, a nutritional health coach and registered dietitian with Natural Grocers. “This is a wonderful time to bring up the discussion as students are preparing to enter summer break.

"We hope that they can share some of what they've learned with their parents and ultimately make a few healthy choices when deciding on snacks,” she said.

The American Heart Association works year-round with schools across Oklahoma to encourage heart-healthy diets and exercise through programs like Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.

“Natural Grocers is a perfect partner for us to work with because they're focused on the same goals that we are,” said Aaron Harbin, youth market director for the American Heart Association. “They are passionate about working in local communities to educate families on ways to add healthy options to their diet.”

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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