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'Lawrence County Get Fit!'
program kickoff is March 27

Cindy Lewis (left) and Joyce Rose discuss the "Lawrence County Get Fit!" program recently with members of a nutrition and physical activity advisory committee at the Walnut Ridge School.
Gloria Wilkerson
TD Staff

The Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation has received a Blue and You Foundation Grant for $42,270. Grant funds will be used for the "Lawrence County Get Fit!" program in all of the Lawrence County Schools, said Danielle Russell, project leader.

"We will address the epidemic of childhood obesity by working with students and parents," said Russell.

"Our kickoff will be held Saturday, March 27, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lawrence County Meeting Room," she said. "We want people from throughout the county to attend and register for the project. Door prizes will also be awarded."

"Our dietician, Tina Harris, and fitness instructor Cindy Lewis will work with students and parents during the school year. Joyce Rose will serve as our counselor as well as helping in other ways."

Harris, who is a nutritionist at Black River Technical College, said she plans to work with parents and to show them how to prepare healthier versions of favorite Southern foods and to provide practical menus for healthy eating. Lewis plans to teach exercises in the classroom setting and give materials on the benefits of exercise for students to share with their parents.

Rose said the program will end in December, but they hope the grant will be renewed for a larger amount next year. Classes or events will also be held during the summer.

In the fall, a Health and Fitness Fair will be held, and at the end of the project two Wiis and four bicycles will be given away.

"We want to inform parents how they can help their children and raise awareness of our children's health," Russell said. "We encourage everyone to attend."

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