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A harvest of health

Monday, February 26, 2001

BV Extension's newest education effort 'graduates' families empowered to make healthier life choices.

From learning to playing, nutrition is important in a every child's life. One Iowa State University Extension program in the county is stressing that in hopes of raising healthy children and health families.

Francisco Altamirano, ISU Extension family nutrition program assistant, has been working with the "Healthy Choices = Healthy Families" program since March of 2000 and says the program has been a success since it began.

"So far we have helped 37 families, and I hope to double that number this coming year," he said.

The lessons are tailored to building a healthy diet and having healthy children, he said. Education is key.

"The main goal is to help those with limited incomes to empower their lives to a more productive future," Altamirano said. "We help families learn about nutrition in ways that fit their income and the needs of their children."

Altamirano meets with participants one-on-one and in small groups where they learn how to make healthy food choices and how to stretch their food dollars.

Parents give the effort high marks.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/24 Pilot Tribune.



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