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The following article was posted on August 27th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 25 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 25

Marian teams up with the Discovery Museum for Nutrition Expedition

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Through Kohl’s Cares, Marian Regional Medical Center was recently awarded a $39,600 grant to improve the health and wellness of local children by offering the Nutrition Expedition with Kohl’s program at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum.

The department store program’s objective is to teach children and their families how to make healthy lifestyle choices, healthy food choices, and increase physical activity. It is a free series offered on the second Saturday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. at the museum, 705 S. McClelland St., in Santa Maria.

Kohl’s Cares is a merchandizing program through which the department store sells $5 books and plush toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to children’s health and education. The grant awarded to Marian was money collected from the Kohl’s store in Santa Maria.

Amy Blasco with the Discovery Museum said the first 50 kids who show up to the once-a-month sessions will get cookbooks that have simple, healthy recipes in them. She added that the museum is doctoring up its diner exhibit—separately from the Kohl’s Care grant—to include more educational components, such as diagramming the food groups and info on how to read nutrition facts labels.

The first Nutrition Expedition class will be on Sept. 13, and continue year-round on the second Saturday of each month. For more information about the expedition, contact the Discovery Museum at 928-8414.