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Press Release

March 20, 2008


Fruit and Veggies Matter to Young Recipe Winners

Ogden-area youths’ recipes take top honors in healthy eating contest

(Ogden, UT) Two Ogden-area students are being recognized by the Utah Fruits and Veggie – More Matters Association for their imaginative recipes encouraging people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets.

“Kids are more likely to eat fruits and veggies if they are involved in the process,” says Rochelle Gates, a health educator with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “Statists show that 90 percent of all Americans don’t get enough of these in their diets.”

Sabrina Greenwood, a third grader at Country View Elementary in Roy won in the breakfast category with her “Strawberry and Banana Breakfast Sandwich.” It features yogurt and fruit on an English Muffin.

John Michael Lewis, a sixth grader at Valley Elementary in Huntsville won the creative category with his artistic “Fruit Frog.” It is a sculpture made of oranges, grapes, blueberries and raisins among other health items.

The two will be honored in separate ceremonies at their schools coming weeks. Each student will receive and apron with the “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” logo, a gift certificate to Wal-Mart and an award certificate.

“Hopefully, this will help them establish a lifelong pattern of health eating,” Gates says.

The recipes will also be posted on the Utah Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention website: www.hearthighway.org. They will also appear on segment of KUTV Channel 2’s “Check Your Health.”