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Program helping families learn to eat healthier

By KATRINA SMITH

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - One organization is making a point to teach families to eat smarter.

Their big push is on whole grains, while reducing salt and sugar in your diet.

Health experts held a session at the Utica Public Library on Thursday and said that when families learn to eat healthier together, looking at portion control and incorporating more activity into their daily routine, they stave off not only hunger through empty calories, but also future potential diseases.

"I think where we're finding the major concerns are with children," said Chris Weber Mangini of Eat Smart NY. "We're seeing an obesity epidemic with children. We get a lot of calls from pediatric offices asking if we can work with families who have weight issues."

The program is federally funded and operates through Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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