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Parents and children can attend a free workshop Saturday, March 31, to learn about the importance of healthy food choices and learn how to prepare healthy meals with fresh ingredients. The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at the Gateway YWCA, 1300 S. Main St., Winston-Salem.

The workshop is sponsored by the Mayor’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, unveiled earlier this month. Future workshops are being planned.

The program is a comprehensive effort to educate kids 7 to 10 about the importance of nutrition and exercise to maintain a healthy weight. It includes an interactive website,, with games and recipes; a kid-oriented exercise DVD; a training video for adults who work with groups of children; and educational workshops and information programs.

The program was developed by a task group that include nutritionists and representatives from the Mayor’s office, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the Gateway YWCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Out of Our Minds Animation Studio developed the website. Viewfinders Media produced the DVD.

Ongoing management of the program is being supervised by a group that includes nutritionists, the Mayor’s staff; Nancy Sutton, the program specialist for physical education and health for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; Robin Ervin, the vice president of the Gateway YWCA; and Alison Ashe Card, chair of the Childhood Obesity Partnership of the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links, Inc..

The program is also a part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Campaigns for Healthy Cities.

Financial support for the program is being provided by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Cook Medical and the Rotary Foundation.


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