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Brooks gets fitness lesson during night workshops

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By Stephen Thomas

 BROOKS - Brooks Elementary hosted a Family Fitness Night in conjunction with grant funding from the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) Project BALANCE.

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Sarah Adkins, a Brooks teacher and OVEC Project Balance Healthy Lifestyle coach, said the grant was offered to improve and increase students' daily physical activity, cardiovascular fitness levels and healthy eating habits.

"The prevalence of adult obesity in the area meets or exceeds the national average, as does the percentage of adults lacking sufficient physical activity," said Adkins.

"If these young children are not given the opportunity to make changes to their daily habits, they too will become a victim of inactivity and yet another statistic."

Local health organizations participated in the event, offering information and free gifts.

Ruth Chowning, representing Bullitt County's Cooperative Extension Service, featured a program on healthy holiday cooking.

Participants had an opportunity to taste test healthy snack options as a way to determine what they might like to try in place of less healthy choices.

The Brooks Saints cheerleading squad performed at the end of the event.

Adkins said the first 40 participating students at the event received a free lunchbox and a bag of goodies.