Health & Nutrition
Healthy Students Make Smarter Students
Project LINK's 'Healthy Students make Smarter Students' initiative is designed to provide education & skill practice about how to resist foods and beverages high in calories and carbs that are also low in nutrients, promote incorporating physical activity into daily lifestyle, and introducing healthy food products offered to partner corporations to help build healthy eating habits among children and families we serve.
The parents participating in the program also receive increased awareness of healthcare options available to meet their family medical needs.
According to recent studies, the problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.
The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.
LINK program is designed to provide education and skill practice about how to resist foods and beverages high in calories and low in nutrients, promote incorporating physical activity into core subjects at school, and partnering with schools to make their facilities available for physical activity beyond school hours and promote their use by families".
In a continuing effort to expand FreshPoint’s grass-roots involvement and support in creating healthy eating lifestyles among the county's lowest-income residents, FreshPoint sponsor's a FREE fruit & vegetable distribution hosted by Project LINK called "FreshPoint Friday's".
Fruits and vegetables distributed include oranges, apples, grapes, bananas, collard greens, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, peppers, etc.
The goal is to educate the community about making better food choices and developing healthy eating habits. We are also campaigning to get parents to model these behaviors in themselves, to help their children maintain a healthy weight and normal growth.
FreshPoint Friday's distribution operates every 3rd Friday, to a select group of program participants.