Dept. of Health and City of Roswell to Launch Summer Obesity Prevention Program.
The New Mexico Department of Health and the City of Roswell will kick off the Fast Track to Health program with a public event at 9:30 a.m. on May 26 at the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, 1307 B East College Street. Roswell Mayor Del Jurney will attend the event to present a proclamation for Healthy Kids Chaves County/Fast Track to Health Week.
The Fast Track to Health program will help keep elementary school-aged children active this summer. Kids who participate in the Fast Track to Health program will earn stamps in a booklet for completing activities. At the end of the summer, the completed booklets will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The program runs through Aug. 4, and prizes will be awarded at 10 a.m on Aug. 6 at the Roswell Safe Coalition meeting.
"With school ending soon, this is a perfect opportunity for kids in our community to do safe and healthy activities this summer," said Linda Monk, director of public health services in southeastern New Mexico. "We thank the City of Roswell and all of the community partners who are dedicated to making Roswell a healthy place to live."
Anyone interested in participating in the Fast Track to Health program can pick up a booklet at the Roswell Safe Coalition office on the corner of 5th Street and Main Street. Participation in the Fast Track to Health program is free, however community partners may charge a fee to participate in activities.
"I wholeheartedly support the Department of Health's Healthy Kids Chaves County/Fast Track to Health program and believe in the value of nutrition, exercise, and healthy living," Mayor Jurney said. "I look forward to participating in this important program which will benefit all school-aged children in Roswell and Chaves County."
The Fast Track to Health program is part of the Department of Health's Healthy Kids initiative to reduce and prevent obesity in New Mexico children. The Department of Health started the Healthy Kids Las Cruces program in 2007. Healthy Kids Las Cruces is a community-wide obesity prevention effort in partnership with the City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces Public Schools, local stakeholders and eight state government departments. Healthy Kids Las Cruces connects and builds on a cross-section of community efforts to motivate children and youth to eat healthier and be more physically active. The Department of Health expanded the Healthy Kids program to Chaves County in 2009.
The Department of Health collaborates with state and local agencies and community partners across New Mexico to help communities develop policies and programs that support families in developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Lack of physical activity and poor nutritional habits are major contributors to overweight, obesity and Type II diabetes. State-sponsored programs include cooking classes for children and diabetics, activities for people with arthritis and nutrition education through Healthy Kids Las Cruces program.
For more information, contact Tamara Fresquez at 575-317-1005 or Jimmy Masters at 575-626-0531.
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