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Sprout tokens give kids healthy choices at farmer’s market

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Goshen Health has partnered with the Goshen Farmer’s Market to offer families a fun way to help kids make healthy food choices. The Goshen Farmer’s Market Sprouts Kids Club is a free program, started in 2019. It runs every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m., through the end of October. When school-aged kids join the program, they are provided with two, $1 tokens each week they can use to “purchase” fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers.

“Our objective is to help educate kids on choosing healthier options,” says Jo Ellen, Goshen Farmer’s Market manager.

Children can earn an additional token when they participate in Goshen Health’s educational activities. Every Tuesday in June, parents can pick up an educational packet from the market. Starting in July through October, on the second Tuesday of each month, children can complete activities at the market.

"Putting quality foods into our bodies is like great health care: it’s a health investment. What a great program to encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables and create healthy habits!” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “Supporting this program sends a positive message about the importance of healthy eating, recognizing that easy access to fruits and vegetables contributes to good health.”

For more information on this and other community health programs, please call (574) 364-2496.

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