DSS to host healthy living event

The Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen will make a stop in McDowellCounty on Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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One event promises a slew of healthy and fun activities for families in McDowell County.

On Friday from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., the McDowell County Department of Social Services will partner with the Western North Carolina YMCA, Grace Community Church and Community Transformation Catalyst Sheree Hughes to bring the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen to Marion.

The mobile kitchen is a 72-passenger school bus that has been remodeled to function as a nutrition education and food assistance outreach hub to serve areas in Buncombe, McDowell, and Henderson counties.

It will provide local families with a variety of cooking demonstrations, free produce distributions and nutrition education sessions.

DSS Director Lisa Sprouse stated that fresh produce and fruits would be handed out to families who attend the event, regardless of income, and that a variety of community groups would be presenting to the public.

During the three-hour event, McDowell County Schools be on site to enroll families into two new programs offered during the 2014-15 school year.

“The schools will be enrolling into the new Tele-Health program and the Child Nutrition Program for the elementary school breakfast and lunch program,” said Sprouse. “These are two new programs. Tele-health is where kids can have medical care at school and give kids more seat time. The nutrition program gets all kids signed up for free breakfast and lunch regardless of income.”

Along with McDowell County Schools, Cooperative Extension services, the Tailgate Market, Mission Hospital and many others will also have tables and demonstrations set up during the event.

“The home extension will be giving information regarding budgeting, canning and other services,” said Sprouse. “The McDowell Health Coalition will be offering information regarding healthy eating and active living.”

This free event will take place in the front parking lot of DSS.

Individuals with further questions about this event should contact Lisa Sprouse at 659-0616.