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For Immediate Release

January 11, 2008

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Media Alert: Ohio State Lima offers Family Fun Nights to battle obesity

New program helps children make healthy choices

Children and families can learn together how to make healthy choices as part of an ongoing series of Family Fun Nights from Ohio State Lima throughout the region. The first of 10 Family Fun Nights will be  from 6-8 p.m., Friday (today), Jan. 11, 2008, at the Lima Family YMCA.

Future programs are scheduled from February-April around the community. Most will be available to the general public.

“Study after study has shown that our children are increasingly susceptible to weight-related health issues. By educating them early on healthy lifestyle choices, our goal is to stem the rising rates of childhood obesity,” said Sara Newman, K-12 Outreach Program Facilitator at Ohio State Lima.

The Family Fun Night series is an outgrowth of Ohio State Lima’s Give Me Five program which offers an innovative approach to learning about healthy choices and preventing childhood obesity. Give Me Five was originally developed as a school-based outreach program for all Allen County first graders. With additional funding from the Allen County Health Department, the program has been expanded to include activities for the entire family. The program is offered to the community at no cost to the host institutions or the participants.

Door prizes and giveaways will be available that encourage physical activity and healthy habits.

Schedule

6:00-6:15 p.m.   Registration

6:15-6:30 p.m.   Welcome from a registered dietician talking about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices

6:30-7:30 p.m. Families rotate through three fun activity pods

· Cellebrate Good Health in the Planetarium: Get swallowed into the human stomach to discover what happens to food in a cell and how our cells depend on us to keep them healthy, strong and growing.

· Family Fun Arcade: Five game stations for families to test their knowledge on physical activity and nutrition. Stations will include the Wheel of Fortune, Line up the Fat, the Memory Board Game, and activities include hula hooping and popcorn dancing.

· Healthy Snack Tasting: A registered dietician will demonstrate how to make two healthy snacks. Taste testing to follow for everyone.

8 p.m.   Families are free to enjoy the rest of the YMCA

The Give Me Five program was originally developed through a partnership between the Ohio State Lima K-12 Outreach Program, the Allen County Health Department, Ohio State Extension—Allen County, and the Girlscouts of Appleseed Ridge. The project was also made possible by funding through OSU CARES, an initiative of Ohio State University Extension and The Ohio State University to expand faculty, staff and student partnerships with communities throughout Ohio.

 For more information about the Family Fun Nights or the Give Me Five School program, contact Sara Newman at (419) 995-8064.

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