The Right Bite: How Arkansans Are Eating Healthier

August 2012 ENGAGE Magazine

In this edition, we're taking a look at tips, tricks, programs and tools to help Arkansans eat healthy and get the nutrition they need.

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Stories Inside:

Healthy Eating is a Family Affair
Seven-year-old Reece Chambless of Dewitt regularly takes it upon himself to remind his father that candy isn’t the best choice for him. “He is always talking about that, for sure,” said his dad, Brad Chambless. He knows his son is right and he tries to comply, although he suspects Reece might just want the gummy bears for himself. Reece has been one catalyst in his family’s move toward healthier eating in the last year and a half. His mom, however, is the one who took charge of the grocery list and started buying healthier foods.

Partnership Brings the Farm to School
To break the French fries and pizza habit, kids need repeated exposure to healthy food options.In Fayetteville, an exciting partnership between the public school district and Apple Seeds, Inc. (a local nonprofit organization) is helping to provide the exposure, education and excitement to help kids learn to love healthy foods. 

Farmers' Markets Break Down Barriers to Healthy Food
Traditionally the Main Street Helena Farmers’ Market has been a cash-only enterprise, but starting in summer 2012, a new electronic payment system will make these nutritious fruits and veggies accessible to shoppers who receive government assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Arkansas Viewpoints: What can your community do to improve nutrition for families in Arkansas?
Viewpoints from Anna Strong of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Kathy Webb of Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

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