Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Strong, Healthy Kids

The Ozarks Regional YMCA Before & After School Programs in Springfield and Clever have pledged to incorporate even more healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) into our programs. Nationwide, more than 8 million youth participate in after school programs and here in our service area, we serve over 2,400 youth in our before & after school programs. The Y, both locally and nationally, recognizes the potential of the after school setting for engaging youth, fighting hunger, and closing the achievement gap. Many partners have worked to develop and adopt standards for obesity prevention in the after school setting. These collective efforts represent an unprecedented attempt to spread healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards so that we can empower the youth, along with their families, we serve to lead healthy lives. In addition to continuing work upon the quality and amount of local, fresh snacks and 5-Star Snacks that we serve, we will be adding healthy eating and physical activity “bites” to our monthly e-blast and our Facebook page to help families make healthy choices the fun and easy choice.

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