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‘Spring into Summer’ lifestyle and nutrition workshops a hit

Registered Dietitian Claudia Gonzalez (center), and Miami Chef Marcello Zito, demonstrate healthy summer snacks.

Miami area families learned how to “spring into a healthy summer” with fun and interactive lifestyle workshops hosted at the Miami Children’s Museum on Saturday May 15. The free event offered parents educational sessions and seasonal tips on their family’s health and wellness and was a partnership between the Miami-Dade Parent Academy and Nestlé Juicy Juice.

This program is part of an ongoing national initiative by Juicy Juice to educate parents about nutrition and child wellness, and featured Claudia Gonzalez, MS, RD, a Registered Dietitian, author and family nutrition expert. She is a nutrition consultant for the U.S. Food Industry and has served as a nutrition expert at International Food Shows around the world. Claudia previously served for six years as a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Free workshops held on-site at the event for families and kids included

“No Meal Left Behind” –Partnering with a local chef, Gonzalez demonstrated simple, tasty snacks and meals that are healthy and easy to whip up in the hot summer months. “Sow Much Fun Garden”– Children had the opportunity to plant seeds for their favorite fruits and veggies and walk away with a better understanding of gardening and the benefits of eating foods that can help the whole family maintain a healthy lifestyle. Kids were encouraged to nurture their plant at home, making it a fun activity they can enjoy all summer.

Zumba instructor Haydee Farrera (left), dances with Antoinne Bailey, 6,

“Let’s Get Ready to Zuuumba” – Exercise does a body good! Parents and kids learned how much fun exercise can be with free lessons in Zumba dancing. Gymboree also was on-site to host classes for younger kids. The Miami Children’s Museum is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway. For more information about The Parent Academy, visit http://theparentacademy.dadeschools.net/. For details, visit www.juicyjuice.com . (David Adame/AP Images for Nestle Juicy Juice)

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