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Parkview, Fort Wayne Parks team up on kids nutrition program

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 11:12 am

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and Parkview are partnering for the sixth year to bring area children education on healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

TParkview has spread the word at city parks, including summer playgrounds, summer carnivals, Salomon farm's camp, Franke Park, and the LifeTime Sports Academy youth centers.

They have taught children through interactive activities about health and nutrition on topics that include eating healthy food, consuming less junk food and sugary drinks, increasing activity, and viewing less TV. This year they are doing “Are You Smarter Than Your Shopping Cart,” in which children will learn through a sketch how to help their parents made good choices at the grocery store.

In the past the program has been sponsored by Kohl's, but its sponsorship is slowing down, so Parkview is adopting its own program.

The live program covers eight major points for healthy living: always eat breakfast, eat more fruits and vegetables, limit or eliminate sweet drinks, limit screen time, increase physical activity; eat sit-down meals together as a family, positive about food, and don't criticize weight.

Perry Ehresman, the parks department's deputy director of leisure services, said over the past five years, thousands of children have been reached by Parkview through the summer parks programs. The parks department's summer programs target many of the underserved kids in the community. The school system has a lunch program to serve these children. The Parkview program in turn educates them about healthy food and lifestyle choices.

The carnival programs allow parents to become involved as well. When they are with their children at these events it is not uncommon to see a child bring a parent over to the Parkview booth, said Kathy Werhle, clinical dietitian.

This summer as the Kohl's Healthy Kids program winds down, Parkview will offer five opportunities to see the live program and six chances for kids to see the Healthy Kids program.

“We always have a free giveaway gift for the kids. This year it's collapsible Frisbees and a small rubber ball,” Werhle said.

“are you smarter then your shopping cart,” kids will learn through a sketch how to help their parents made good choices at the grocery store.

In the past the program has been sponsored by Kohl's, but their sponsorship is slowing down—and Parkview adopting their own Live program. The Live program is designed to develop healthy activities and eating. It covers eight major points for healthy living: always eat breakfast, eat more fruits and vegetables, limit or eliminate sweet drinks, limit screen time, increase physical activity, families should eat meals together, sitting down, be positive about food and don't criticize weight.

Perry Ehresman, Deputy Director Leisure Services at City of Fort Wayne said over the past five years, thousands of children have been reached by Parkview through the summer parks programs. The Parks Department summer programs target many of the under served kids in the community. The school system has a lunch program to serve these kids. The Parkview program in turn educates them about healthy food and lifestyle choices.

The carnival programs allow parents to become involved as well. When they are with their children at these events it is not uncommon to see a child bring a parent over to the Parkview booth said Kathy Werhle, Clinical Dietitian.

This summer as Kohl's Healthy Kids program winds down Parkview will offer five opportunities to see the Live program and six opportunities for kids to see the Healthy Kids Program.

“We always have a free giveaway gift for the kids. This year it's collapsible Frisbees and a small rubber ball,” Werhle said.

Times and Locations for these programs are:

June 20—1:00 p.m. Jennings Youth Center—Live Program

June 21—1:00 p.m. Salomon Park Farm Camp (the program is for registered campers only). —Kohl's Healthy Kids

June 27—5-7 p.m. Lafayette Playground Carnival—Kohl's Healthy Kids

June 28—5-7 p.m. Waynedale Playground Carnival—Kohl's Healthy Kids

July 6 6—8:30 p.m. Foster Park's Centennial/Carnival—Live

July 9—1:00 p.m. Weisser Youth Center—Live

July 11—5-7 p.m. Hamilton Park Playground Carnival Kohl's Healthy Kids

July 12—1:00 p.m. Cooper Teen Center—Live

July 18—1:00 p.m. Lifetime Sports Academy/Fox Center---Live

July 19—1:00 p.m. Salomon Park Farm Camp (the program is for registered campers only).—Kohl's Healthy Kids

Aug 3—3-5 p.m. Memorial Park/All Playgrounds Fun Day—Kohl's Healthy Kids.