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Larchmont Students Cap Nutrition Month at Crunchy Carnival

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Nina Dsupin learned how to control her portions, especially of Goldfish crackers, at the Murray Avenue School Crunchy Carnival Wednesday night.

More than 200 Murray Avenue School students attended the event, said Jill Lankler, a member of the district's wellness committee. Last year, volunteers for the wellness committee piloted the nutrition and wellness nights, which celebrate Nutrition Month, at Mamaroneck Avenue and Central schools. This year, they expanded it to include all four schools.

Nina, 5, loves Goldfish crackers, said her mother Patricia, who toured the various tables featuring food and wellness activities for kids.

At the portion distortion table, Nina was asked to pour what she thought was one serving of her favorite snack, Goldfish crackers, into a bowl. Then, the volunteers at the table poured that into a measuring cup to illustrate what one serving really is. Nina poured too much into her bowl.

"I think it's been a very exciting event this year," Dsupin said. "It's a good way to get them to come in and learn something and have fun."

At another table, Murray Avenue Students put on blindfolds and were fed fruits and vegetables and asked to identify them. Anesthesia Thumser, 8, was given a blueberry and dried sun cherry, while her brother Luke Thumser, 5, was given a beet.

"He made a sour face," said Luke's father, Mark, who added it probably was the first time he tasted a beet.

Each table was geared to educate children, and parents about nutrition issues, including sugar intake, proper portions and reading product labels.

"If kids are given the information, they make the right choices," said Lankler, a member of the Murray Avenue School PTA. "That's what this is about, giving kids the right information."

Other activities included crunchy cafes, nutrition detectives, fitness monopoly, eco-art, yoga and Zumba.

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