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Family health night at Brooks Elementary set for Thursday

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 HILLVIEW - Parents and students will get a lot of free inforamtion concerning health and fitness at a special night set for Thursday, May 12, at the new elementary school.

The fitness night will be from 6-8 p.m.Parents and students of Brooks Elementary will get great FREE information on Nutrition and physical activity, FREE information and giveaways from local  businesses, they will register in a drawing to win FREE healthy prize  baskets, and get FREE sub sandwiches!  They will have the opportunity to  learn how to “Eat Right When the Money’s Tight”, how to “Feed the   Picky Eater”, exercises to do at home with limited resources, and great healthy cooking ideas. 

“Family Fitness Night” is to promote a three year  

grant awarded to the school in October 2010.

The grant, (part of a Carol White PEP grant) is called Project BALANCE and  was awarded to four local area schools.The goal of the grant as it is written is to “improve and increase the daily physical activity,   cardiovascular fitness levels and healthy eating habits of 1,300 students”.  

  It is “a collaborative effort of the University of Louisville, the   University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services, the North Central and  Bullitt County Health Departments, four county judge executives, and the  staff of four area schools. The grant will require several parts, formative  assessments in PE classes, a rigorous PE curriculum, integration of physical   activity and nutrition concepts into classroom instruction; enhancement of physical activity, food, nutrition, and health/wellness policies; and family   night programs to increase parental involvement in physical and nutrition  education.”  Project BALANCE will work in partnership with HealthierUS   School Challenge to meet grant criteria.

“The prevalence of adult obesity [in the area] meets or exceeds the  national average of 24-38 percent, [as does the] percentage of adults lacking   sufficient physical activity [25-50 percent]”.  If these young children are not   given the opportunity to make changes to their daily habits, they too will   ecome a victim to inactivity, and yet another statistic.