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Prevent obesity with important life skills for Washington children


TOPPENISH – It’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Month, and afterschool programs in some Washington communities have made it an all-year priority. In the Yakima Valley, with the help of local chefs they have organized "Top Chef"-style competitions for middle-school students and restaurant visits and cooking classes for younger kids.

Melanie Willis, 21st Century Afterschool Program coordinator at the Northwest Community Action Center, says it's a fun way to get them interested in better nutrition.

"We have lots of different cultures and recipes,” she said. “And we're also int...

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