North Ottawa Community Health System educates on healthy habits

Carlianne Merrifield closed her eyes and bit down on a piece of celery.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 14, 2014


Merrifield, 5, chewed the small piece of celery filled with hummus and Goldfish pretzels at the snack table during the back-to-school themed Education Station at the Grand Haven Farmers’ Market on Wednesday. 
Throughout the morning, local health care providers gave families tips for boosting immune systems, proper hand washing techniques, healthy snacks, immunization information, and an experiment on how to keep sliced apples from turning brown.
The station was a partnership between North Ottawa Community Health System and the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg.
Cathie Merrifield asked her daughter how the snack tasted.
“Good,” Carlianne Merrifield said with a smile.
Cathie Merrifield learned about the education station through social media, and thought it would be fun.
Ellen Vonesh of Consider It Done spoke with visitors about preparing healthy snacks.
Vonesh recommended using colorful foods for children to enjoy because they keep kids interested. Vonesh said it’s about tricking them into wanting the food because people eat with their eyes before their taste buds.
The chef also recommended staying away from red dyes and sugar.
Vonesh presented a healthy options, such as sesame carrots and the “fish on a stream” snack that Merrifield sampled.
Children searched tables of the Farmers’ Market during a scavenger hunt. They looked for fruits and vegetables with stems, specific colors and ones they hadn’t tried.
To read more of this story, see today's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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