Library to offer family nutrition program

JAMESTOWN – Prendergast Library will offer a family nutrition program at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 with guest speaker Kerry Mihalko of Cassadaga.

The program is designed for children going into pre-k through grade 2 and their caregivers, but younger and older siblings are welcome.

“I will discuss ‘eating a rainbow’ of fruits and vegetables including why fruits and vegetables are so important to our health and why it’s important to eat different colors of produce,” Mihalko said. She will read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

“We’ll also play a game and taste some very colorful fruits and veggies,” she said.

The presenter is a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator.

As the owner of Nutrition to Go in Cassadaga, she provides individualized nutrition assessment and education and contracts with local agencies to provide nutrition and health services.

After she earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa., she worked at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a dietitian and diabetes educator.

When she moved back to Chautauqua County, she worked at WCA Hospital as a dietitian, diabetes educator, nutrition services manager and food and environmental services director before leaving to start Nutrition to Go.

Mihalko lives in Cassadaga with her husband, Paul, and her children, AJ and Trent.

The Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.

For information about the family nutrition program, call 484-7135.