Spreading a healthy message

. September 5, 2012.

Nothing is more important to our future than raising a generation of healthy kids, and childhood obesity is a major roadblock in the way. Mercy Children’s Hospital is doing its part to keep our young folks fit with the Kohl’s Kids in Action program. “This is my baby,” says Community Health Educator Nancy Surella of the educational program she’s led for six years. With funding courtesy of a grant from the retail giant, she heads out to local elementary school classrooms to spread Kids in Action’s four key messages: drink four cups of water a day, enjoy at least 60 minutes of physical activity, eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, and always get enough sleep. The 30 to 45 minute classroom sessions incorporate role-playing exercises. “I get the kids up and moving and make it as fun as possible,” Surella says. In the past year she’s presented to 6,000 students all over the county, and worked at health fairs and events that draw families. On September 16, Kids in Action will host a free family fun fitness fair at Walbridge Park, with food demonstrations, games and prizes. It’s a great way to get outside and learn some fun fitness facts. Look for more info at www.mercyweb.org