Childhood obesity program designed to educate child and family

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by Brittney Shipp

azfamily.com

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 14 at 9:52 AM

PHOENIX - It's not your typical playtime at Paradise Valley's Kiva Elementary School. It's a chance to burn off some extra energy and learn about healthy lifestyles all thanks to a childhood obesity program designed by the Mollen Foundation.

The program also provides nutrition programs for Kiva's third-graders and coming this spring the school will participate in planting a community garden.

"In this country one in three kids are overweight," said Nick Noonan, principal of Kiva Elementary School. "Healthy living and making kids aware of nutritional choices is a key component to long-term health."

It's a lesson administrators hope the kids will bring home.

"The idea is that they need to come home and spread that word to their parents. Ultimately, kids eat what mom and dad provide for them. If they can lean on mom and dad to provide some healthier choices that would be a great outcome of this program."

Noonan was one of the thousands of runners who participated in this year's 3TV Phoenix 10K along with some Kiva Elementary students who participated in the Mollen Mile Kids Run.

 

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