SAN PABLO -- A partnership of agencies is promoting healthy eating by hosting a Fruit and Veggie 2013 Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Grocery Outlet store, 2079 23rd St.

Attendees can sample healthy and tasty recipes, take home a free cookbook and learn how to choose the best foods to serve at family meals.

The festival is part of a statewide nutrition education and obesity prevention campaign promoted locally by the Network for a Healthy California, Contra Costa Health Services, the San Pablo Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force and the Richmond Faith Initiative, in partnership with Grocery Outlet.

"At Fruit and Veggie Fest, shoppers will be educated on the importance of good nutrition and active living to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension," say organizers.

Activities in the store will include recipe demonstrations, explanations on reading nutrition labels and tips on choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables to serve "as the main part of meals, as side dishes or even dessert."

May has been declared Fruit and Veggie Month in San Pablo, which "has the highest rates of childhood obesity among fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in Contra Costa County," according to Mayor Genoveva Calloway.

Learn more about Fruit and Veggie Fest and the Network for a Healthy California at barnn.org or CaChampionsForChange.net.



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