'Produce Posse' shares nutrition tips with kids at Central DuPage Hospital

  • Dietitian Kathleen Keane dressed as a peapod to bring a goody basket to Alexis Casio, 16, of Glendale Heights Wednesday at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

      Dietitian Kathleen Keane dressed as a peapod to bring a goody basket to Alexis Casio, 16, of Glendale Heights Wednesday at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Dietitian Carrie Draney, left, and Laura Yudys, clinical nutrition manager, are part of the Produce Posse visiting children staying at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Nicollette Grande, 8, of Downers Grove picked up some lessons about healthy eating.

      Dietitian Carrie Draney, left, and Laura Yudys, clinical nutrition manager, are part of the Produce Posse visiting children staying at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Nicollette Grande, 8, of Downers Grove picked up some lessons about healthy eating. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Emily Mettan, left, dietitian intern, and Beth Gordon, dietitian, are part of the Produce Posse that visited Wednesday with kids like 7-year-old Conardo.

      Emily Mettan, left, dietitian intern, and Beth Gordon, dietitian, are part of the Produce Posse that visited Wednesday with kids like 7-year-old Conardo. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/21/2019 5:49 PM

There were a few unusual creatures roaming the hallways Wednesday at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

A large carrot. A pineapple. Even an avocado.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Inside the costumes were six registered dietitians at the hospital, who call themselves the Produce Posse. They visited sick children to teach them about nutrition.

Laura Yudys, a clinical nutrition manager, dressed as a pineapple. She came up with the idea of dressing as fruits and vegetables to promote National Nutrition Month.

"We thought it would be a fun way to educate people as much as we can on good eating habits," Yudys said.

Registered Dietitian Beth Gordon donned a carrot costume and made her way room to room with nutritional information.

The kids also were able to play a trivia game and pick out a small produce stress ball. A goody bag with puzzles and games was available to help brighten their day.

"We're sharing nutrition information with kids in pediatrics who are sick and maybe need some fun or excitement in their day," Gordon said. "We're just trying to lighten their day up and our goal is to make them smile."

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