South Side-Bee Branch Elementary students are joining the fight to end childhood obesity with the help of some "wise guys."

Students are learning valuable lessons about MyPlate and healthy food choices from the OrganWise Guys program presented by Regina Chaney, Van Buren County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H. This program is part of the Smart Nutrition Active People educational program and the goal is to get children, especially those in low-income families, to eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more.

To complement the OrganWise Guys nutrition program, a new program has been launched at South Side Elementary this year: The OrganWise Guys Foods of the Month program. The Foods of the Month program teaches students, teachers, and parents about the nutritious characteristics of nutrient dense foods and why these foods are important to achieving optimal health. Each month, the cafeteria staff will highlight two foods. Parents will receive a monthly newsletter that focus on the foods that students will have the opportunity to try in school. During the month of October, the Foods of the Month were apples and winter squash. The Family and Consumer Science, Foods and Nutrition class prepared a butternut squash and apple bake recipe and demonstrated in each of the classrooms the method of preparing the dish.

For more nutrition information, contact the Van Buren County Extension Office at 745-7117.

The Van Buren County Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.