Pilot Fitness/Nutrition Program Names Young Award-Winners

Published 08.07.2015


From left: Adley Crystal; Kristi Hammaker, health educator for Clinical Outcomes Group; Morgan Hersh, Cai Cassel; Grant Burrill; Cade Cassel; Tyce Shaner; Jackie Rodabaugh, Summer Fitness & Nutrition Challenge coordinator; and Emily Miller, health education coordinator for Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center.Six youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center’s “Basset Hounds” group – the center’s summer program for school-aged children – received certificates for their efforts to eat healthily and be active throughout the eight-week Summer Fitness & Nutrition Challenge. The challenge was organized by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, with partnership from Clinical Outcomes Group and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Aimed at getting youth to exercise more and eat more nutritious foods, the Summer Fitness & Nutrition Challenge engaged children 6-11 years old through biweekly fitness and nutrition lessons and a competition that gave points for physical activities and eating fruits and vegetables, which they documented in a diary. Firetree Place in Williamsport also participated in the pilot summer program.