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Make Every Day Delicious: The Network for a Healthy California's Fruit and Veggie Fest

Saturday, May 19; Save Mart Supermarket, 900 West Henderson, Porterville

Fruit and Veggie Fest The Tulare County Network for a Healthy California is preparing for its biennial Fruit and Veggie Fest, an event designed to encourage Central Valley families to make every day delicious with the flavors of fruits and vegetables. Families are invited to visit Fruit and Veggie Fest on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Save Mart Supermarket located at 900 W. Henderson in Porterville. "We appreciate that Save Mart Supermarkets has partnered with the Network again this year to bring this valuable, educational resource to Central Valley families," said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak.

Fruit and Veggie Fest will feature numerous activities with shopping experts and plenty of tips for making family meals delicious, fun and healthy, including:

Family Meal Time Station: Conversation starters for family meal time will stimulate engaging dialogue with the whole family while everyone enjoys a MyPlate-designed meal.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Cart: Registered Dietitian from the Family Health Care Network will compare the nutritional value and cost of food items in two similar yet very different shopping carts.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Station: Tulare County Dairy Princess Alexandra Macedo will share the importance of eating a variety of dairy products and the significance of the dairy industry to Tulare County, California and the United States.

Watermelon Salsa: Experience a cool refreshing treat prepared by Central Valley Health Network.

Grocery Store Tour: Save Mart SuperFriend will lead shoppers on a store tour uncovering the mystery of finding what you need amongst the multiple store aisles and displays.

Book Nook Story Time Station: Miss Tulare County Danielle Lickey and Miss Tulare County's Outstanding Teen Devynn Utsler will connect the kids with wonderfully illustrated and written books like Jamberry, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and A Seed is Sleepy.

Meet the Farmer: Charlie Stearns, an avocado farmer in Exeter, shares his delicious produce and recipe ideas with shoppers.

Resource/Introduction Table: Offered by Central Valley Health and Nutrition Collaborative members, this resource table will provide shoppers with a "goody" bag with useful items including a coupon for a free apple/banana. Gift cards will be given as a prize for active participants.

Rethink Your Drink: Christina Santana from Tulare County Health and Human Services will display the teaspoons of sugar in popular beverages and healthier, family-friendly alternatives.

Fruit and Veggie Fest Additionally, shoppers can taste and sample recipes from the Network's new "Flavors of My Kitchen" cookbook, which features healthy twists on traditional Latino dishes as well as many new culturally-inspired meals. Shoppers can pick up a free cookbook or it can be downloaded on the Network's Facebook page.

"Good health begins in the shopping cart with the foods we buy for our families. Better choices in the store can lead to healthy habits at home, like making half of every meal a combination of fruits and vegetables," said Tulare County Network spokesperson Nani Rowland. "You can also increase how much healthy food your family eats by preparing healthy meals that also taste great."

All Californians can enjoy Fruit and Veggie Fest by "Liking" the Network on Facebook to receive more great tips and recipes from chefs and "Champions for Change" - everyday moms and dads from across California who are making healthy changes for their families and communities. Visitors also are encouraged to post comments, photos and videos of how they are making every day delicious.

For more information, visit cachampionsforchange.net or facebook.com/networkforahealthycalifornia, or call Nani Rowland at (559) 651-0130, ext. 3720.

Fruit and Veggie Fest