Charleston, WV (October 21, 2011) – Healthy Kids, Healthy WV is Generation West Virginia’s week-long statewide service project. In the Fall of each year, hundreds of members work in their communities to promote physical activity and healthy eating. From elementary school recipe contests to healthy lifestyle fairs, events are planned to inspire West Virginians to eat right, get fit and live well.
Generation West Virginia’s network of young talent is passionate about making a difference in communities where they live and work. Regional groups strive to teach children and families about enjoyable healthy meal preparation, demonstrate that physical activity is fun and encourage youth to make healthy decisions. This year, Generation Charleston partnered with CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital and the West Virginia Power to offer Chuck’s Healthy Challenge to hundreds of kids throughout the Kanawha Valley.
Based on a national healthy program and used by Dr. Jamie Jeffrey at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Chuck’s Healthy Challenge teaches children the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle in a fun and interactive way. Using the 5,2,1,0 plan, volunteers from Generation Charleston will teach children to eat 5 vegetables and fruits a day; limit their screen time to 2 hours a day; stay active for 1 hour a day and have 0 sugary drinks (including juices).
“This program is proven to work and breaks down a healthy lifestyle into four simple methods that are easy for children to remember,” said Rachelle Beckner, Generation West Virginia volunteer who has co-chaired the event with Mandy Curry and Rob Rosano.
One in three West Virginia children is overweight, ranking the Mountain State eighth in the nation for obese and overweight children between the ages of 10 and 17. Obese children are at risk for healthy problems – in their youth and as adults. During adolescents obese children are more likely than other youth to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.
“These are staggering statistics,” stated Executive Vice President of Palisades Baseball Andy Milovich, “and we felt that we could use Chuck, the team mascot, to make a difference in this area. We’ve teamed up with CAMC and CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital to present Chuck’s Healthy Challenge to area schools. The event this Saturday is another great opportunity for kids and parents to learn about the program and how to live a healthy life.”
Since its inception in February, the program has been welcomed by area schools and families. Chuck the Power Street Team have visited over 50 schools/kids events reaching over 13,000 kids with Chuck’s Healthy Challenge information. Each appearance includes fun activities that are designed to teach kids and their parents about leading a healthier life.
This free public event offers a healthy food station, featuring fruits and vegetables; a hydration station sponsored by West Virginia American Water; an activity station of inflatable games and more sponsored by the West Virginia Power; and Zumba.
For more information about Saturday’s event contact the Power Front Office at 304-344-BATS (2287).