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More fruits and vegetables during YMCA food program for young people

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- More young people will be able to have fruits and vegetables as part of their meals in a YMCA Summer Food Service Program.

The Walmart Foundation provided $45,000 which will be used at 18 YMCA summer camp sites.  Besides the additional fruits and vegetables, the money will help the Y provide activities for families that are focused on nutrition and education and buy exercise equipment.

In addition to enhancing the nutritional value of the Summer Food Service program meals, the new funds will also allow the Y to provide family activities focused on nutrition and education, and purchase equipment designed increase physical activity of children attending the camp sites. The Summer Food Service Program runs through August 9.  

The Greater Louisville YMCA expects to serve more than 1,000 free meals each day at 18 of its summer camp sites this summer. 

"In order for kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment as well as activities to keep their minds and bodies active," said Steve Tarver, CEO and President of the YMCA of Greater Louisville in a news release.  "The Summer Food Program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized, and also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more nutritious food when school is out."

The program's healthy guidelines include serving fresh fruits and vegetables every day, along with one whole-grain food item, and water instead of sugary drinks most of the time.  The program also requires 15 minutes of "vigorous" exercise during before- and after-school sessions and one hour during summer camp.

From the YMCA of Greater Louisville:

This summer, the YMCA is providing an array of health-related activities for children attending its summer camp sites. The Y is also sponsoring two events to promote more active lifestyles and teach the principles of physical training:

YMCA Summer Track & Field Event 2013 takes place July 29-August 2 at the Oldham County YMCA Indoor Soccer Arena in Buckner. Hundreds of children participating in the Y's summer camps train for the event and compete for prizes in their age group.

Kids Finish First Marathon kicks off Saturday, September 21, at the Louisville Water Tower on River Road and Zorn Avenue. Kids ages 5-14 are encourage to track their mileage in training for the Louisville Sports Commission's half-marathon event on Nov. 10. They are then able to run the last 1.1 mile of the half-marathon along with the participating adults.

The Y summer camp sites will also bring a variety of health enrichment programs to their sites over the summer. A list of the events and schedule is included below.

Norton Health Care will visit 14 of the Y's summer camp sites and present a program about the human body. Dates and times are as follows:     

  • June 21:  Kerrick Elementary (9:30-11:30) and Olmstead Elementary (12:30-2:30)
  • June 25: Thomas Jefferson Middle School (9:30-11:30) and Watterson Elementary (12:30-2:30)
  • June 28: Chenoweth Elementary (9:30-11:30) and Coleridge Taylor Elementary (12: 30-2:30)
  • July 1: Blue Lick Elementary (9-11), Farmer Elementary (12-2) and Tully Elementary (3-5)
  • July 5: Highland Middle (9:30-11:30) and Greathouse Elementary (12:30-2:30)
  • July 22: Hite Elementary (9-11), Lowe Elementary (12-2) and English Station Elementary (3-5)

The University of Louisville Athletics Nutrition Program, sponsored by YUM Brands, will visit Cane Run on July 11 from 9:30-12:00 to talk about good nutrition and initiate a two-week food journaling project with the kids.

Kosair National Travel Health Expo will have demonstrations of summer safety and an appearance from Batman on Tuesday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Tully Elementary School.

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