Y sponsors Community Wellness Fair and Family Fun Run

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Among the various booths set up in the YMCA gym Saturday was "Think Your Drink" manned by Shakayla Bell, a Girl Scout Cadet from Brazil.

It was part of the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day as part of the Y's Community Wellness Fair to promote health and wellness over the summer months, said Nicole Fry.

Frank Phillips photos. Shakayla Bell holds a bottle of soda and a plastic bag filled with sugar to illustrate how much sugar is in each bottle.
Ludema Harris (left) and Ruth Martin chat with Aaron Parkins of The Hand & Orthopedic Rehab Clinic of Brazil and Terre Haute at the YMCA on Saturday. All three people are from Brazil.

"Specifically, it's for families focusing on healthy eating and activities that they can do to stay healthy but also providing resources that youth can use to stay engaged academically over the summer months and prevent summer learning loss," Fry said.

Bell lined up various popular summer beverages on her display table. Next to each bottle or Styrofoam cup was a plastic bag showing how many sugar cubes are in each bottle of the drinks.

For example, Orange Crush has 18 teaspoons of sugar in each bottle.

"Basically the point is to try to show kids how much sugar is in each drink," Bell said. "A common misconception is that water is the most healthy drink for you but actually it is not. It has no nutritional value."

As an example only -- "There are probably more healthy drinks out there" -- orange juice was the most nutritional drink on the display.

Also, Saturday morning, the YMCA had a Family Fun Run with 20 participants, Fry said.

About 15 were youth and the rest were moms and dads running with their kids.

"We are trying to increase awareness of activities that families can do together and promote running and health and wellness at young ages," Fry said.

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