Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Freeda the Fabulous Food Detective ROCKS in Bozeman, Montana

Supported by kidsLINK, a program of the Greater Gallatin United Way, Freeda the Fabulous Food Detective and her helpers visited seven Bozeman afterschool programs serving over 250 children during the month of April. At each school, kids participated in four stations, including a MyPyramid food relay race, a mystery fruit bag, a read-aloud story, and a delicious tasting station. Each child received a passbook to collect stamps and information on their way to help Freeda discover the fun in fruit.

According to Freeda, fun is the key ingredient in helping kids to try new foods. “We skip nutrition lectures and get kids talking about how different colored fruits keep their bodies strong and healthy. We ask them to be junior detectives to help us figure out what fruits might grow in Montana. They have lots of ideas and questions about what grows in their backyard or on their grandparents’ ranch.”

The lessons were designed to reinforce Bozeman school district’s Eat Local effort and to support the Healthy Kids backpacks provided by the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. All recipes featured inexpensive items that kids can make themselves.

Read more about Freeda (AKA Cory Talbott) in the May issue of the FREE Healthy Families newsletter from EAT RIGHT MONTANA. If you'd like a FREE E-subscription to this monthly newsletter, send your name and Email to Maryann.Harris@montana.edu

And, congrats to Cory from all her Montana fans. Cory has been accepted into the Dietetic Internship Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Who knows what delicious foods Freeda will discover there!

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