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Kids learn to make healthy lifestyle choices

Updated: Friday, June 13 2014, 06:50 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- You know the old saying, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away?’ Well kids at the Martin Luther King Center are getting a little more than just apples to stay healthy.
Boys and girls are learning to make healthy lifestyle choices at the 2nd Annual Apple a Day youth wellness program.
"If they eat healthier, they have more energy to be outside, just to be more active in their own life,” said program director Virginia Whatley.
And they’ll likely avoid diseases like childhood obesity. Third graders throughout Jefferson County are being affected by the disease.
That's why 17-year-old William Harvey says it’s important it is to stay active.
“Run,” he tells people. “Try not to go to McDonald’s and fast food restaurants. Ask your mom to make homemade meals, not so much sugar. It is good to eat sugar every now and then, but not every day all day."
Those tips very similar to what kids learned from nutritionists and fitness instructors Friday.
Urban Mission will have a number of other health events for kids throughout the summer.

Kids learn to make healthy lifestyle choices

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