Mount Union Professor Teaches Food Safety Class

July 19, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, associate professor of human performance and sport business at the University of Mount Union, is teaching area children the importance of food safety.

Canfield-Simbro first spoke to youngsters about food safety during the Safe Kids Day event held at Mount Union in the spring and most recently at the Alliance Farmers’ Market in downtown Alliance.

During her presentation, Canfield-Simbro used a cardboard refrigerator and play food items to show children which foods needed to be refrigerated. She discussed food safety, the importance of washing hands and healthy recipes families can make together. Each child received a healthy snack and parents received magnets with information on proper meat temperatures.

“The children had a lot of fun,” Canfield-Simbro said. “Any time that you can take something that’s serious and make it enjoyable, that’s a great thing. The kids really enjoyed having something to do that was hands-on.”

Canfield-Simbro said she enjoys the opportunity to talk to both children and their parents about health and food safety.

“I love sharing my passion about health with everyone,” she said. “When you work with families, you get to work with children, adults and grandparents. I love making health fun. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me when people are learning and having fun at the same time.”

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