September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have partnered to help make Wilkes-Barre Area School District students more aware of the risks of childhood obesity and the importance of regular physical activity.
“Childhood Obesity is a growing epidemic, with more than half of Wilkes-Barre Area School District students overweight,” said Meghan Davis, marketing & communications director at the Wilkes-Barre Y. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to help make students more aware of the risks of childhood obesity and the importance of physical activity.”
Four assemblies will be held, the first of which is scheduled for this Friday, at Wilkes-Barre Area School District schools. The assemblies will feature Penguins players, as well as information on afterschool programs offered at the W-B Y, including CATCH (grades K-6) and BODYROCK (grades 7-12). Each student will be given a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to an upcoming Penguins match.
"We are extremely excited to team up with the YMCA in this effort, encouraging students to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle,” said Brian Coe, vice president of operations with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. “Exercise is a key component of any athlete's daily regiment, and we hope our players’ participation can help show these youngsters just how important daily physical activity is."
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