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AETN, Whole Foods Market to host healthy habits event Sept. 27

AETN, PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market have partnered to offer families tools to support healthy eating. Designed to leverage the educational content of PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market's commitment to nutrition, the partnership will provide families with free resources Friday, Sept. 27, from 3-5 p.m. at the Little Rock Whole Foods location, 10700 North Rodney Parham Road.

The event will feature materials from "Peg + Cat," PBS KIDS' newest series, which focuses on preschool math and problem-solving skills and will premiere on Oct. 7. "Peg + Cat" activities, recipes and more will be available to families, offering fun ways to build math skills and healthy eating habits. The first 100 kids to complete the bingo scavenger hunt will receive a prize pack. Clifford the Big Red Dog will also be on hand for photos.

"At PBS KIDS, our goal is to offer educational, engaging content for the whole child, helping prepare kids for success in school and in life," Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of children's programming at PBS said. "Healthy eating is an important part of this whole child philosophy, which is why we are excited to provide resources from 'Peg + Cat to help make grocery shopping, cooking and eating a learning adventure through our work with Whole Foods Market."

PBS KIDS has launched a website with resources for families to encourage healthy eating and build academic skills. Located at pbskids.org/healthykids, the site features online and offline activities to help kids and parents have fun building math and science skills as they grocery shop, cook and eat. The site also features healthy eating tips to help children establish a lifetime of good nutrition and easy, affordable recipes from PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers designed to encourage kids to try new foods.

Whole Foods Market is also offering online tools featuring kid-friendly recipes to help families eat better, quick and healthy meal-planning tips for families, resources for healthy eating on a budget, and nutrition information for all ages. These tools are now available at wholefoodsmarket.com/kid-friendly.

"Peg + Cat" will air on AETN weekdays at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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