RHINEBECK – Northern Dutchess Hospital completed a comprehensive "Fun-Food-Fitness" program for children ages 8-13. Much like our national community healthcare agenda, this community program supports the idea of prevention of childhood obesity and instilling healthy nutrition and exercise values for life. 10 students participated in the program over a five week period. Roufia Payman, DT, CDN, and Amy Tourge, ACSM Exercise Specialist and Wellness Center Supervisor, led the program. Members of the NDH clinical nursing staff were also on hand and helped to develop the program.
The class learned about healthy food options and participated in a variety of exercise programs like Zumba and Yoga. The last session was celebrated with a cooking demonstration by Chef David Winters from the Culinary Institute of America.
"We are very pleased with the program," said Roufia Payman, Supervisor Outpatient Nutrition Education for Health Quest. "The children learned a great deal about healthy eating and how to incorporate fun exercise into their daily life. Parents and caregivers also took away tools and tips they can use to serve healthy meals for their families."
The program was sold out and will be offered again in the coming months. To learn more, call (845) 871-3600.