FROM STAFF REPORTS
Sumter youth are embracing wholesome consuming by way of a brand new initiative created by SC State College 1890 Analysis & Extension.
The SC State 1890 Extension Santee Wateree area is working with space youth organizations to host Children within the Kitchen, a program designed to encourage wholesome snack selections by offering well being and diet schooling to younger college students. Children within the Kitchen aligns with considered one of 5 of the general public service group’s core program areas: household, diet and well being.
“Most of the snacks eaten by youngsters are laden with fats, sugar, sodium and preservatives. These components, together with a sedentary way of life, usually contribute to the growing variety of obese and overweight youngsters. Children within the Kitchen educates college students on the sorts of meals they will eat by exhibiting them how one can put together scrumptious and nutritious snacks. In doing so, we’re instructing them private accountability of their very own well being,” mentioned Jasmine Davis, household, diet and well being extension agent.
Since providing this system in February, Davis has met weekly with a partnering youth company to show individuals about alternate options for snacks and meals. The elementary-age group made snacks corresponding to fruit kabobs, whereas the center/highschool group ready particular person fruit cheesecakes.
“It is essential for kids to eat wholesome meals and snacks to assist college students stay targeted in order that they will full their schoolwork and have vitality all through the day,” Davis mentioned. “By offering primary information of the meals pyramid and discussing the advantages of consuming natural versus processed meals, we’re in a position to do exactly that. The sorts of snacks we put together are nutritious and scrumptious, and that is what our individuals admire.”
Formally often known as the Williamsburg Cluster, the Santee-Wateree area moved its dwelling workplace to Sumter in July 2020. Since its relocation, extension brokers have applied varied packages to enhance the standard of residing for people and households in Clarendon, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
Sooner or later, Davis plans to attach with different group and youth organizations within the area and add actions corresponding to gardening, meal preparation and well being schooling intervention help.
For extra details about Children within the Kitchen and different packages provided by the Santee-Wateree area, contact Jasmine Davis at email@example.com.