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Presentations at BRIDGE school focused on healthy eating

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HANCOCK – Monday afternoon Portage Health Nutrition Services Director Mark Pittillo and the School Food Tour’s Sara Salo will be presenting to the students at BRIDGE Alternative High School about the many benefits of healthy eating habits.

“We’re trying to get these kids excited about nutrition through good food,” said Pittillo.

Salo will present at 12:30, talking about her recent 5,000-mile coast-to-coast bike trip to raise awareness of the topic.

“I believe so strongly in healthy food and physical activity that I wanted to do something that got attention and carried the message to as many people as possible,” said Salo, who blogged throughout the 10-month trip at “The generation of kids in school right now is the first generation in history that isn’t projected to live as long as their parent’s generation.”

Salo will speak of her experiences on the roads to motivate the students to take charge of their own food decisions.

Pittillo will follow Salo with a food demonstration, allowing the kids to taste a variety of seafood.

“Eating healthy can be fun,” said Pittillo. “We’re going to go in and try to help these kids realize that, while introducing them to new foods, many of which are easily accessible to them.”

The partnership with BRIDGE and Portage Health began earlier this year when Pittillo did other cooking demonstrations. This school year’s partnership will culminate in early June when a group of four students will be cooking lunch for the Portage Health Foundation Board.

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