Nationwide Childrens Hospital to Host Farmers Markets

July 8, 2009

Fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods will be available for employees, community residents and visitors at three Farmers Markets hosted by Nationwide Childrens Hospital. The first Farmers Market will be held on Monday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Childrens Human Resources building in parking lot E-4.

The Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Employee Wellness program invites all surrounding communities to our second annual Farmers Markets, said Cindi Solomon, program coordinator. Local residents are encouraged to shop healthy.

During the first Farmers Market, attendees can browse the market for fresh produce and gather health information. A cooking demonstration from Nationwide Childrens employees Matthew Schenk, executive chef, and Kari DuBro, employee wellness dietitian, will show registered participants how to prepare some of the markets produce and provide samples. Cooking demonstrations are open to the public by registering with EmployeeWellness@NationwideChildrens.org.

Farmers Markets are an initiative of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families, a public-private community collaborative focusing on neighborhood revitalization in Columbus South Side.

Nationwide Children's Hospital's Farmer's Markets represent a great active living tool for their employees and a commitment to workplace wellness, said Barb Seckler, director of the Institute for Active Living at Columbus Public Health. By inviting neighborhood residents to participate, providing them with better access and opportunity for local, nutritious food, Nationwide Childrens is taking this initiative to the next level and Columbus Public Health is pleased to be a partner.

Future Farmers Markets will be held on August 17 and September 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Childrens Human Resources building.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.