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Teaching children to ‘Snack Smart’   

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(Photo by Kelly & Massa)

Rich McKeown (left), chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt, and Gary D. Foster (center), professor of Medicine and Public Health and director of Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), listen as Lisandra Lamboy, project manager of The Food Trust, describes “Snack Smart” during a visit to a corner grocery store and an elementary school in Philadelphia’s Juniata neighborhood Oct. 12.

Foster and CORE have collaborated with The Food Trust since 2001 on implementing and evaluating community-based obesity prevention programs like “Snack Smart.” 

The program works with Philadelphia school children in an effort to educate them how to choose healthier snacks by reading nutrition labels and also assists corner store owners in marketing healthier snack options to the children.

         

During the visit, Foster and representatives of The Food Trust led McKeown and several regional HHS officials to a classroom where the children were participating in a mock store to learn how to determine healthier choices, then to the corner store of Juan Carlos Romano (pictured between McKeown and Foster), who is participating in “Snack Smart” through the Food Trust’s Corner Store Campaign.

         

“We could have either a very diluted program across the masses or a very concentrated effort like we have here in the school classroom and corner store,” said Foster in describing the outreach efforts to McKeown and the other officials. 

“By concentrating the effort, the school program leads to the corner store program, which will hopefully lead to a similar program in the public recreation centers.”

 

Preston M. Moretz

 

 


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