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Virtua Voorhees hosts cooking event for children

Virtua’s “Nutrition in the Kitchen” Educational and Fun for Children

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt (center) gathers with Virtua employees and children who participated in the "Nutrition and the Kitchen" educational experience at Virtua Voorhees hospital.

Virtua recently hosted its first “Nutrition in the Kitchen,” a special cooking event for children at Virtua Voorhees hospital. The event was designed to promote healthy eating habits for children and to address pediatric obesity by introducing fruits and vegetables.

Hands-on activities with both NJ Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, a trained chef and Virtua dietician Ligia Brochi showed the children what a healthy dinner plate should look like and taught them how to make wiser and healthier food choices.

At lunchtime, Lampitt provided a cooking demonstration with vegetables and whole wheat tortillas and made chicken burritos for the children. Children were then able to create their plates with the burrito, salad, vegetables and, for dessert, a fruit and yogurt parfait.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.