Hospital, college partner to provide nutrition program for kids

Food is Elementary was developed by Food Studies Institute and is designed to teach children basic nutrition and cooking skills.

Feb. 4—A joint effort aimed at battling hunger and promoting health in the Marietta, Ohio region is starting young, teaching second-graders how to eat healthy.

Food is Elementary, a pilot program taking interactive nutrition activities to second-grade classrooms around the Marietta City school district, is the first of what organizers hope to be many initiatives by a partnership of the Memorial Health System, Peoples Bank and Marietta College.

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