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Cultivating Healthy Communities

Military Kids to Cook Up Some Fun at Culinary Class in Berlin

Berlin--Vermont's military kids will find that learning never tasted so good as they drink in nutrition information and try their hand at preparing healthy snacks and meals at a two-day culinary class, July 5-6, in Berlin. 

The class is free and open to anyone, age 5 to 12, with a parent or guardian in the Vermont National Guard, reserves or armed services. 

Hosted by Operation: Military Kids (OMK), a program of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, it will meet at the UVM Extension Office at 615 Comstock Road, Suite 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. 

Parents are welcome to attend with their kids, especially on the second day of class when the young cooks will use their new-found culinary skills and knowledge about meal preparation and making wise food choices to put together a balanced, nutritious meal. Space is limited to 15 youth participants, so early registration is recommended. 

For more information or to register, contact Marley Balasco, OMK AmeriCorps member, at or (802) 656-0736. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Stephanie Atwood, OMK coordinator, at (802) 656-0346 or by June 21. 

Several other fun learning opportunities are available for military kids this summer including camps on web design basics, GPS mapping technology, digital photography and teen leadership, among others. For more information, contact Atwood or visit the OMK web site at or on Facebook at