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Medford School District Tackles Child Obesity

Kids in the Medford School District had a lesson in nutrition. It's an effort to get kids to establish healthy eating habits that will take them well into adulthood.

Posted: May 9, 2018 4:26 AM
Updated: May 9, 2018 1:20 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford School District is tackling child obesity in its schools by introducing young kids to nutrition and clean eating. 

The school hosted an event on Tuesday where community partners showed kids how read food labels, recognize the different forms of sugar and understand the importance of a "farm to market" mentality.

Representatives from within the community offered their own takes on nutrition including the company Sodexo, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, Hero Team from OSU, the Oregon Dairy Princess and educators from the Medford School District. 

Sodexo works with local school districts to supply nutritional information, food and even put together school menus. 

Rogue Valley General Manager Jeff Ashmun says the key to establishing healthy eating habits for kids is to educate them young. 

"The sooner we learn some of these building blocks, in a particularly in a time where so much of our food is processed...the sooner they can start to make healthy choices on their own," said Ashmun.

Sodexo along with the other nutrition partners will be taking this lesson to other school districts in southern Oregon including Eagle Point, Three Rivers, and the Phoenix/Talent school districts.

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