Students get a taste of healthy eating (Tulare Local Healthcare District)

Nearly 50 percent of Tulare County fifth-graders are obese, according to 2015 data from the California Department of Education.

With that rate steadily rising, from 44.4 percent in 2014 to 48.6 percent in 2015, Tulare Regional Medical Center decided to educate those who are currently in the process of developing relationships with food: elementary school students.

On Thursday, hospital district staff spent the afternoon teaching summer school students at Heritage Elementary School in Tulare about healthy eating.

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