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Lots of Support for Vermont Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit

 

Organizations across Vermont gathered on September 25th for a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit to pledge to ensure that Vermont kids have access to healthy eating and physical activity in early care and afterschool programs.

Organizations including the YMCA, Vermont Afterschool, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Children and Families, Vermont Birth to Five, Building Bright Futures, Hunger Free Vermont, Vermont Association for health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and many more spent the day planning how best to share their commitment to building a healthier present and future for Vermont’s children by creating environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Research shows that children’s proper brain development, lifelong ability to learn, and physical and mental health, depend upon daily access to quality nutrition and physical activity.

Keynote speaker Jessica Donze Black, a child nutrition expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, encouraged organizations to do all they could to get kids starting healthy habits early, noting that the weight of a child at age 4 is predictive of the weight of that child over his/her lifetime.

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