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September 25th, 2013

Program promotes paths to healthier families

Healthy Children, Healthy Families participant Christina Ortega shares her families’ progress on a Paths to Success chart. The eight-week program is intended for parents and caregivers of kids ages 3-11.

NEWBURGH - "It can be challenging to encourage healthy eating and activity habits in our children - but we’re confident this program could make all the difference in your family," commented Carley Smith, Nutrition Program Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. She was referring to new eight-week program for parents and caregivers of children ages 3-11 years: Healthy Children, Healthy Families.

"What makes this program so different is that it provides fun-filled activities to bring home and share with the whole family," said Smith, "and when everyone’s involved, there’s a better chance of positive changes becoming permanent."

"The weekly classes offer a supportive environment for sharing; fun, hands-on activities; great tasting recipes; and information to make healthy habits happen." She remarked, "Each week you will discover a new path to success and best of all, this program is free thanks to the generous funding by the USDA, USDA SNAP-Ed, and the State and local government."

Healthy Children, Healthy Families begins October 3rd and will run eight consecutive Thursdays from 10:00 am - noon at NECSD Welcome Center, 191 Washington St., Newburgh, NY. Space is limited; please call 845-563-5437 to register.

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