Kid’s Nutrition Program

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The Tri-State Wellness team commits their time to improve the health and wellbeing of the Lewis-Clark Valley. Their registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who interpret individuals’ nutritional needs to create practical solutions for a healthy lifestyle. Tri-State Wellness believes that cultivating an environment that teaches kids a well-balanced diet and mindful eating habits is an essential tool that will positively impact the rest of their lives.

Each year the Tri-State Wellness team creates a Kid’s Nutrition Program for local students. Their goal is to provide each child and their family with the knowledge and skillset to make healthy food choices and prepare nutritious food. This program offers educational videos for at home or in school use covering lessons on basic food groups and healthy snack recipes. Tri-State Wellness provided a cookbook and apron to each participating child to prepare them for diving deep with their newly learned skills.  

A third-grade teacher at Orchards Elementary School, whose class participated in this year’s program said, “Room 15 leaders, 3rd graders, are so grateful for you investing in our kids! The aprons and cookbooks are amazing! I have gotten such appreciative comments from parents.” The Tri-State Wellness team is thrilled children are learning how to take care of their bodies through nutrition by utilizing this fun and exciting program. They hope to expand this program to more schools in the Lewis-Clark Valley in the coming year.

“The most rewarding part of the program is to hear the excitement from the kids about being healthy and cooking! We love getting feedback about what they learned and hearing that the students tried out one of the video recipes at home!” said Jen Scharffer, Director of Wellness at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. The Kid’s Nutrition Program addresses the prevalence of childhood obesity and diabetes in our community. According to WA State Healthy Youth Survey 2016, 15% of youth eat fruits and vegetables less than once per day, and 16% are obese. If you are interested in watching the Nutrition videos with your child, they are available on the Tri-State Memorial Hospital YouTube channel.

The Tri-State Hospital Foundation has supported the Kid’s Nutrition Program for several years by securing grants from local community organizations. Banner Bank gave the grant for this year’s program. “At Banner, being active in the community is an important part of how we demonstrate our commitment to the valley; so when we heard about the vision to create the Kid’s Nutrition Program it was an easy decision to lean in and provide the financial assistance to make it happen,” said Emily Ashby, Clarkston Branch Manager. “This program is an innovative way to help address childhood obesity while teaching good nutritional habits to last a lifetime. We are very impressed with Tri-State’s creativity and willingness to champion this hands-on learning approach.”

If you are interested in partnering with the Tri-State Hospital Foundation to aid in the Kid’s Nutrition Program’s funding or future Wellness programs, please email the foundation at