Kids learning about healthy eating at young age

3 HEALTHY CHOICES EARLY ON — CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR HEALTH IN TODAY'S WEEKLY WELLNESS REPORT – NEWS 8'S JOCELYN MAMINTA WITH HOW ONE CONNECTICUT MUSEUM IS MOTIVATING KIDS TO DO JUST THAT

IT'S HANDS ON LEARNING AT THE STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN IN NORWALK SO MUCH TO DO — SO MUCH TO LEARN — FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES "WHO LIKES PASTA HERE?" ON THIS DAY — A DEMO FROM CHEF MIKE JACABACCI "YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO HELP ME MAKE A SPINACH PASTA, LOOK INSIDE HERE"ACTIVITIES LIKE THIS — "THIS IS 100% WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

" –AMONG THE INGREDIENTS OF THE HEALTHY CHILDREN/HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE AT STEPPING STONES "IT'S REALLY BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED AND WHAT A LOT OF RESEARCH WAS FINDING OVER THE PAST 10 – 15 YEARS THAT CHILDREN WHO DON'T HAVE POSITIVE HEALTH INTERACTIONS AND SUPPORTS EARLY IN LIFE WILL OFTEN SUFFER LATER IN LIFE THEY CAN SUFFER FROM HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, THEY CAN SUFFER ACADEMICALLY" THIS IS HEALTHYVILLE CAFE — WHERE A VARIETY OF HEALTHY OPTIONS ARE OFFERED FROM CHIPS — FRUITS – TO YOGURT

NO SODAS – AND NOTHING FRIED HERE "NOW IS THE BEST TIME AS THEY GROW, THEY'LL UNDERSTAND IT, THEY'VE ALREADY, IN THE YEARS AHEAD, THEY'LL ALREADY KNOW HOW TO EAT HEALTHY, THEY KNOW OF BETTER CHOICES "AND WHY WE DON'T EAT A LOT OF SUGAR, WHY WE DON'T EAT REFINED SUGAR" OUTSIDE – UPBEAT MUSIC HAS ARMS AND LEGS MOVING — ALL AIMED AT SUPPORTING FAMILIES GET A JUMPSTART ON POSITIVE HEALTH — FROM CRADLE TO CAREERLESSONS THE CHILDREN ARE GOBBLING UP

"TURNIPS, YOU EAT TURNIPS? BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER AND CARROTS WHY DO YOU EAT SO HEALTHY? BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GET SICK AND GET DIABETES WHEN I GROW UP" "I LOVE EVERY TYPE OF VEGETABLES EXCEPT FOR ALL THOSE ONES LIKE KALE, THAT I HAVE NOT TRIED BEFORE" "WATCH WHAT HAPPENS OH WOW" WHAT ABOUT THE SPINACH PASTA? "WOULD YOU EAT THIS? MAYBE

DO YOU LIKE TO EAT VEGETABLES? WELL I LIKE CARROTS A LITTLE" IT'S SUMMER FUN — MIXED IN WITH A HEARTY PORTION OF EDUCATION STEPPING STONES IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK A GREAT PLACE TO GO — ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE TRACKING YOUR STEPS THE LATEST ON THE BILLION STEPS CHALLENGE FOR A HEALTHIER CONNECTICUT? RIGHT NOW WE ARE NEARING THE 36 MILLION STEP MARK

WE CAN DO THIS! THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SIGNED UP —