Volunteers are needed for two shifts – 9:30 a.m. to noon and noon to 2:30 p.m.
Generation Charleston, in conjunction with Generation Putnam, is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. The event will feature healthy cooking demonstrations by Embassy Suites Hotel- Charleston, physical education activities by the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley and a variety of other children’s activities hosted by our community partners. The event is part of Generation West Virginia’s Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia week of service.
Throughout the week of Oct. 2, hundreds of young professionals from across the state will work together promoting physical activity and healthy eating as part of the statewide campaign. From elementary school recipe contests to healthy lifestyle fairs, events have been planned to inspire West Virginians to eat right, get fit and live well.
“As an effort to ultimately fight childhood obesity, our goal is to motivate West Virginia families to make changes in their daily routines by creating an environment that encourages healthy living,” said Rob Rosano, Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia team leader and Generation Charleston co-chair. “Childhood obesity prevention is a movement taking place on a national level, and West Virginia’s young leaders are excited to do our part here locally.”
Governor Joe Manchin III officially launched Generation West Virginia’s inaugural week-long statewide service project on Sept. 28 by signing the group’s pledge to combat childhood obesity.
According to a recent report by the Trust for America’s Health, more than 18 percent of West Virginia children are considered obese, ranking the Mountain State tenth in the nation for obese and overweight children between the ages of 10 and 17. Obese children are at risk for health problems not only in their youth, but as adults. During adolescence obese children are more likely than other youth to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.
Generation Charleston’s Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia Day activities are free; however the cost to enter the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum is $5.50 per child, $7 per adult. For more information or to receive a museum discount flyer for $3 off regular museum admission, please visit www.GenerationCharleston.com or contact Rob Rosano at (304) 561-3564.