First 5 promotes healthy foods

FRUIT AND VEGGIE FEST CELEBRATES HEALTH Local Business Joins First 5 Madera County’s Movement for Healthy Change

WHAT: As an effort to educate families in making healthy food choices, First 5 Madera County in partnership with True Value Home Center, a local hardware store celebrates Fruit and Veggie Fest at the Oakhurst Farmers’ Market! Fruit and Veggie Fest is geared to help shoppers fill their carts with healthy food choices and promote strategies for healthy eating on a budget.

WHEN: Thursday, September 4th at 4 – 7PM

WHERE: True Value Home Center parking lot 40596 Westlake Dr. (On HWY 49) Oakhurst, CA 93644

WHO: Diane Sandoval, Health and Wellness Coordinator and Claudia Sandoval, Nutrition & Fitness Facilitator

VISUALS: Access to fresh fruits and vegetables Kids and parents sampling healthy food and infused waterFamilies enjoying winning raffle prizes Local agencies with booths providing education on health and wellness

WHY: From corner stores to supermarket chains, California’s grocers are joining the movement for a healthy change, however there is still more work to do when it comes to fighting against obesity in our communities. It’s important to remember everyone is all in this together. Healthy change starts with everyone taking charge of their shopping carts and making healthy food choices for their families. By working together, a healthy change happens in communities and ensures everyone has access to the foods they need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically in the first five years of life and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life. Based on this research, California voters passed Proposition 10 in 1998, adding a 50 cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes to support programs for expectant parents and children ages 0 to 5. First 5 Madera County distributes Prop. 10 revenues to programs and services that meet local needs.

FOR MORE INFO: Call (559) 661-5155 or visit 525 E. Yosemite Ave.

CONTACT: Public Contact: Diane Sandoval, Health and Wellness Coordinator, 559-661-5155 Media Contact: Chinayera Black-Hardaman, MPA, First 5 Madera County, 559-661-5155 Alternate Media Contact: Yosimi Santoyo, MBA, Community Engagement Facilitator, Office: 559-201-5000, Cell: 559-479-9843

-Madera County First 5