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Courtesy Photo: Six families competed in the first annual Family Fitness Food Faceoff last weekend at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The first annual Family Fitness Food Faceoff took place last Saturday with six families competing at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center.

The families, which included 24 participants, began the day with nutrition-related energizer games led by Ferrum College students.

The families then participated in nutrition demonstrations that included the topics of "My Plate," "Knife Safety," "Vitamins and Minerals," "Cooking with Herbs," "Food Safety and Bacteria Prevention," "Hand Washing" and "Martinsville-Henry County's 95210 campaign."

As the families visited each booth, they collected free cooking accessories and information to be used later in the Food Faceoff challenge.

Prior to the start of the contest, families chose a recipe card that listed ingredients, instructions and provided a clue on how to prepare a healthy appetizer, main dish, side dish or dessert.

Families also chose team names and selected a creative name for their dish.

Families had 60 minutes to prepare their dish. Each family was judged throughout the challenge on their overview of "My Plate" during preparation, "Nutrient Knowledge," "Food Preparation and Safety," "Knife Safety" and "Creativity."

The families then had to present to the judges an explanation of those categories.

The six teams included the Gotham Goonies with their "Healthy Bat Pizza," NOTY Baby with a "Pizzalizza," Pendleton Remix with a fruit salad, A&Ns with "Natasha's Special Mix," Crazy Cookers with "Mexican Mayhem" and Team Lancaster with chicken wraps.

After a close competition with six creations, Team Pendleton Remix came out on top with their careful food preparation, knife safety and special presentation explaining their comprehensive knowledge and display of "My Plate."

Team Pendleton Remix received a cooking pot and pan set, cooking utensils and a cookbook.

The challenge culminated with families sharing a four-course meals with all their healthy creations.

Door prizes were awarded, including water bottles, cookbooks, stability balls, t-shirts, hand sanitizers and plastic plates for leftovers.

The last part of the day provided family fitness opportunities. Families participated in canoeing, fishing, archery and visits to the nature building.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers from nine community agencies and seven Ferrum College interns.

The Food Faceoff challenge was the first community-wide event hosted by the Healthy Community Action Team (HCAT) of Franklin County, a community coalition that works with Franklin County youth and their families by providing prevention education and wellness opportunities to improve the quality of life and promote healthy eating and increased physical activity.

HCAT of Franklin County started in 2012 as a partnership between STEP Inc. and Virginia Cooperative Extension with funding from the obesity prevention grants provided by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY). HCAT has 14 community partners including STEP Inc., Virginia Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Community Services, Franklin County Parks and Recreation, Anthem Healthkeepers, In Total Health, Franklin County Public Schools, Ferrum College, Carilion Clinic, Virginia Department of Health, Headstart/Early Headstart, Tri-Area Community Health, National Guard's Virginia Counterdrug Taskforce and Majesta Care.

For more information, contact Amber Wilson at (540) 483-5161 or Tonya Pickett at (540) 483-5142.

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