Horace Mann students learn importance of healthy eating at a young age

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Horace Mann Elementary Students are learning the importance of eating healthy starting at a young age.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County traveled to the Binghamton school today to host a lesson on nutrition.

Students learned about what foods contribute to a well-balanced plate.

They also experienced hands-on activities such as a veggie and hummus tasting, a "my plate relay", a demonstration on how much sugar contained in soft drinks and the famous bicycle-propelled smoothie mixer.

CCE Nutrition Educator Ann Supa says she wants to empower students to make healthier choices.

"The kids have the power in the home to make these changes.   The parents don't come to these events but the kids go home and say 'we tried and avocado today, we tried a pepper today.  Can we have that at home?'  And the parents say 'oh, you like it?  Well, we'll buy it for you," said Supa.

Fifth grader Olivia Ehmke created a well-rounded plate that included a pork chop, cottage cheese, fruits, veggies, and a grain.

Each student received a bookmark to take home to parents on the importance of healthy eating.

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