Poinsett County Library receives grant

Saturday, May 24, 2014

To start the summer off right, the Poinsett County library was recently awarded a $1,000 Blue & You Foundation grant to promote health and fitness in young adults.

"We are going to focus on teen fitness. We are not focusing on weight--just ways to be healthy through eating right and activities," said Angie Lacy, Poinsett County Librarian.

The grant was awarded through the Blue & You charitable foundation funded by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote better health for Arkansas.

Lacy said the library will be focusing on kids' and teens' fitness and health. They will begin offering several activities and classes for teenagers beginning in June. Although the program is planned to end mid-August, Lacy said she hopes to get enough teenagers involved to continue to offer the classes even after summer.

A variety of classes have been scheduled to allow teenagers to explore what activities might interest them. Lacy added that activity equipment such as pedometers would also be available for those that want to participate.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on June 19th, the library will have a storytime, crafts, and a healthy snack for younger children to discuss healthy eating habits and snacks.

The teen program will begin at 2 p.m. on June 16th with a nutrition class and a drawing for 3 blenders to make healthy snacks. Other events are scheduled as follows:

*June 23rd- Yoga Instructor; drawing for Trim Jim Memberships, & Free swim passes from the Harrisburg City Pool

*June 30th- Yoga Instructor; drawing for Yoga kit

*July 7th- Wii fitness tournament; prizes will include: 4 Sisters Gift shop prizes

*July 14th- Zumba Instructor; drawing for zumba exercise DVD.

*July 21st- Health care class; drawing for a hair cut at 4 Sisters in Harrisburg

*July 28th- Marshal Art instructor; Drawing for a manicure at the 4 Sisters in Harrisburg

The August calendar has not yet been completed. During these events, teens can earn points for attending; bringing a friend walking; eating a healthy snack; attending a health fair; reading books about fitness, health and diseases, anatomy, medical professions and/or careers. The points can be used to earn prizes such as donations by local businesses, gym membership, and others.

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