Nationwide Childrens Hospital to Host Farmers Markets

September 13, 2010

Fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods are being made available for employees, community residents and visitors at four Farmer’s Markets hosted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The next Farmer’s Market will be held on Monday, September 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near Nationwide Children’s Human Resources building in parking lot E-4 on 18th Street across from the hospital’s Outpatient Care Center.

“The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employee Wellness program invites all surrounding communities to our third annual Farmer’s Markets,” said Cindi Solomon, program coordinator. “Local residents are encouraged to shop healthy.” For the first time this year, most farmers will accept the Ohio EBT card, WIC and Senior coupons.

During the first Farmer’s Market in July, attendees browsed the market for fresh produce and gathered health information.  The second market in August included a cooking demonstration from Kari DuBro, employee wellness dietitian at Nationwide Children’s, who showed registered participants how to prepare some of the market’s produce and provided samples. The third market on September 13 will feature apple-tasting and the fourth market on October 4 will include a pumpkin decorating contest.

 “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 accepting the Ohio EBT card, Nationwide Children’s is expanding access to nutritious food to its employees and neighboring residents.” 

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.