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WIC Fit Program Teaches Kids About Staying Healthy

wic fitSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Young children are learning the value of exercise and sports in an entertaining way.

The second annual WIC Fit Program was held Thursday at Mason Square’s Head Start. WIC Fit teams led the kids through different activities, including parachute games, scarf tossing and stories about healthy nutrition. Head Start organizations said they’re concerned about high child obesity rates in young children.

“We are trying our best to work with our community partners, our families, to really make sure that healthy eating and getting a healthy routine at home and at school is really important so that children feel really good about themselves and are ready to learn,” said Nicole Blais, Director of Community Engagement at Head Start.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, and that one out of three children are overweight by their 5th birthday.

The CDC said along with a healthy diet, children need a total of one hour of physical activity each day.

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