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Wheeling Hospital Presenting Nutrition Programs in Area Schools

August 8, 2019

WHEELING, W. VA – A new program featuring presentations on nutrition and physical activity is being presented by Wheeling Hospital dietitians at six area elementary schools.

“Nutrition Goes to School,” a unique nine-month course designed by the hospital’s dietitians and Howard Long Wellness Center Director Joe Slavik, will be held in Bethlehem, Steenrod, West Liberty, Woodsdale, St. Michael’s and Our Lady of Peace schools for grades 2-4.

The interactive, once-a-month presentations are designed to be fun as well as educational. Included will be flyers containing healthy eating recommendations, games and recipes that the students can take home and share with their families. The flyers also will include contact information for follow up and parent assistance.

Wheeling Hospital’s dietitians include Lorraine Fedak, Lynn Kaminski, Brittany Link, Jill Spangler, Renae Riley and Emily Tennant.

The hospital was exploring additional avenues for community outreach and the nutrition program fit the bill. The team also met with Wheeling Hospital pediatricians, and they agreed to distribute the educational flyers to their patients.

The dietitians said they are excited to implement a fun and responsive way to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles within the younger community in the area. They are looking forward to being a resource for the younger children in the community to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. These small steps implemented in childhood could prevent future problems in adulthood, when facing problems such as obesity, diabetes and artherosclerosis.

Topics will include:
• My Plate: Variety, Balance, Moderation
• Importance of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks
• Nifty Nutrients (carbs, protein and fat)
• Whole Grain Goodness
• Lean Protein Power
• Low-fat Dynamite Dairy Products
• Fantastic Fruits
• Va Va Vegetables
• Super Snacks and Snack Ideas
• Hydration

Each “Nutrition Goes to School” presentation will last 30 minutes and half of the time will be devoted to physical activity.

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Wheeling Hospital’s registered dietitians include, from left: Lorraine Fedak, Renae Riley, Emily Tennant, Lynn Kaminski, Jill Spangler and Brittany Link.