A free health education event was hosted by Mountain Area First 5 May 16, featuring interactive, educational games for children 1 to 5 years old.
The event offered healthy snack demonstrations and nutrition resources for nearly 50 children and their parents, including information about eating healthy on a tight budget. Children participated in fun fruit and vegetable-themed physical fitness activities including melon weight lifting and the carrot hop.
All parents received a children's recipe book and were given information about how to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for their children.
First 5 pointed out that nearly 11% of preschoolers are at risk of becoming overweight, and in Madera County, 49% of children eat less than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
"To help address this pressing issue and continue our commitment to combating childhood obesity, First 5 hosted the "Adventures in Nutrition" event," said Karen Weaver, Family Advocacy Facilitator for the Mountain Area First 5, located on Crane Valley Road (426) adjacent to the Sierra Star.