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Published on May 10, 2017

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Kids Eat Right program receives Congressional Certificate of Recognition


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Monterey, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Kids Eat Right Program received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman Jimmy Panetta on Tuesday. The certificate recognizes Community Hospital’s work addressing the growing problem of obesity in Monterey County through its elementary school nutrition and fitness program. With about 45 percent of Monterey County residents with diabetes or prediabetes, the program targets children in local elementary schools when health habits are forming.

”Childhood obesity is one of our country's most serious public health crises,” said Panetta. “As a member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, I strongly support the Community Hospital's Kids Eat Right Program and their efforts to provide students and parents in our community with the advice and tools they need to live long, healthy lives.”

Panetta presented the certificate at Community Hospital in a meeting with Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO, and staff involved in Kids Eat Right.

Since its inception in 2013, Kids Eat Right has reached nearly 10,000 children. Staff from Community Hospital and volunteers take the five-week program to schools throughout Monterey County for hands-on food preparation, fun physical activity, and creative classroom learning, all designed to teach them to make lifelong healthy choices.

In the 2016-17 school year, Kids Eat Right was in 126 fourth-grade classrooms in 16 school districts at 38 schools. It also provided 22 parent workshops, 3 Farm Day presentations, and participated in 11 health fairs providing free nutrition education and healthy snacks.

“It’s really great to introduce kids to healthy foods and then see them making good nutritional choices based on what they’ve learned,” says Janice Harrell, Community Hospital’s director of Nutrition Services and founder of the program. “Our goal is that our time spent with the kids today will result in healthy families in the future.”

The Kids Eat Right program was made possible by leadership and support from Montage Health Foundation through a $500,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and additional funding from Wells Fargo, the Barnet Segal Trust, and the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation. Additionally, the employee giving program at Community Hospital has contributed to Kids Eat Right for three years.

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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