Students learn about hidden sugar
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A health insurance company is reaching out to the community to help stop the increase of type two diabetes and obesity in children.
Independent Health is encouraging school children to exercise and eat healthier snacks.
A first grade class at Doctor George Blackman School of Excellence in Buffalo received a snack of fruits and vegetables Wednesday to demonstrate which foods have healthy sugars.
As the students ate, the Theatre of Youth entertained and educated with "The Hidden Sugar Project." The play showed that sugars coming from soft drinks and other sweet snacks don't have any nutritional value.
"We're showcasing that all these hidden calories... watching what they're feeding and serving their children," said Carrie Meyer, executive director of Independent Health Foundation.
The healthy initiative will be touring Western New York elementary schools until year's end.