Local business donates vitamins to promote healthy kids

Published: Sep. 8, 2011 at 12:02 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM CDT
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Do you know what your kids eat? What nutrients they are getting each day?

"Well if you're a parent you know kids don't like to eat everything they're supposed to, sometimes it's rushed around with school and everything," said Pharmacist Christina Hart.

"The lowest cost food is not usually the most nutritional food you can get," said John McGowan a United Way representative.

Pharmacies like MediCenter in Jackson are filling a nutrition gap by donating free vitamins for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

"At a young age they have a certain amount that they should be getting of each type of food, vegetables, fruits, meats, if they're not getting that certain amount at each meal, it's supplemented and they're getting them through vitamins and the vitamins have the minerals that they need as well," said South Elementary School Principal Jessica Maxwell.

Jennifer McCoy, one of the pharmacists at the Jackson location says they're teaming up with United Way to give kids a month supply for a year.

"Chewable vitamins, they're compared to the Flintstone's and they taste pretty good we tried them," said McCoy.

"They're pretty excited kids all like chewable vitamins and they all usually want to buy them off the shelf, but this way they don't have to, parents can still get that for their kids and the kids can enjoy it, a lot of kids even want to carry the bag out themselves, they really think it's a fun deal," said Hart.

While the kids think it's fun, there's a good reason behind it.

"To keep them healthy, the keep them in school, to keep that attendance going," said McCoy.

McCoy says it's not restricted to kids in Jackson, anyone in the area wanting to be healthy.

"Here so far it's been a big hit, the kids love it, the parents love it, it saves everybody money and time cause they can get it just while they're in here and so I think it will go on for awhile," said Hart.

Hart says you can find a registration from at the MediCenter website. Or go to the location in Jackson.

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