YMCA of Central Ohio

Franklin County Commissioners to Participate in National Childhood Health Initiative…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Contact: Scott Varner, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6638 or 614/554-9089
or Hanna Greer, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5848
or Niel M. Jurist, YMCA of Central Ohio, 614/224.1137 ext. 128

Franklin County Commissioners to Participate in National Childhood Health Initiative… and Showcase Easy-to-Make, Healthy-to-Eat Afterschool Snacks 

With inactivity and obesity continuing to put Central Ohio children at higher risks for chronic health and physical problems, Franklin County Commissioners will announce on Tuesday the County’s participation in a major national childhood health initiative - starting with tips for parents on easy-to-make, healthy-toeat afterschool snacks. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Nationally, nearly one in every three children or teenagers is overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40 percent of young people are considered overweight.

On Tuesday, Franklin County will launch a series of efforts aimed at empowering kids and their families to discover the fun in healthy eating and exercise. With help from a local nutrition expert and a class of preschool students, Franklin County Commissioner President Paula Brooks and YMCA of Central Ohio President Andrew Roberts will demonstrate how to fix afterschool snacks that are easy for parents to make and healthy for young children to eat.

WHAT  Launch of New Franklin County Childhood Health Initiative

WHO  Franklin County Commissioner President Paula Brooks 
          YMCA of Central Ohio President Andrew Roberts

WHERE  Hilltop YMCA   2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus 43204

WHEN  Tuesday, September 4, 2012 -  2:00pm

GREAT VISUALS  Commissioner Brooks and YMCA staff will prepare snacks for preschool class

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For more information on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, log on to: franklincountyohio.gov/commissioners