Owensboro Health Foundation Grant Helps Fund Power Up Kidz Program
Healthpark program aims to teach children and families how nutrition and fitness promote healthy lifestyles
OWENSBORO, KY (October 12, 2015) – Owensboro Health Foundation received a $1,000 grant from CSX Transportation to help fund the Power Up Kidz program.
The national epidemic of childhood obesity has lead health officials to suggest that, without change, children today are at risk of becoming the first generation of Americans to have a lower life expectancy than their own parents. Power Up Kidz is a fitness and nutrition program designed specifically to teach children, ages 8-12, who are underactive and/or overweight to develop healthy habits. The focus is on teaching children to make healthy food choices and incorporate regular exercise into their daily routine.
“Owensboro Health Foundation is thrilled to have received funding from CSX Transportation to support the Power Up Kidz fitness and nutrition education program. Parents of those children are also engaged in the program to help them create a home environment that ensures their children make healthy choices. We are most grateful to CSX for this donation to improve the health of our community,” said Pat Serey, executive director of the Owensboro Health Foundation.
Classes meet twice a week for a four-week period and are limited to 12 children per session to help staff develop personal relationships with each child, and focus on their individual health needs. Each session includes education on topics such as calorie balance, portion control, limiting sugary beverages, family meals, etc., as well as 40 minutes of organized exercise or structured play.
For more information on how to join Power Up Kidz contact Nick Jones at John.Jones@owensborohealth.org.