Dutchess advances healthy community efforts with nutritious food program


POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County has been selected as one of 50 communities nationwide to launch a new health program to introduce nutrient-dense micro-greens into the diets of vulnerable populations.
The county is now in the running to receive a $500,000 prize to support its local program.
County Executive Marcus Molinaro said the county will bring nutritional foods to vulnerable populations.
“We will be bringing micro-grains to senior citizens in the Dutchess County Office for the Aging Meals Program and students in the City of Poughkeepsie through an after-school program and fifth graders in the City of Poughkeepsie School District, all in an effort to measure the benefits of having access to these highly nutritious micro-grains and show that by making this kind of investment we can improve the health outcomes of seniors and young people,” Molinaro said.

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The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, which is providing Dutchess with $10,000 now, is a partnership of the National Association of Counties, the Aetna Foundation and the American Public Health Association.