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2/13/2007 Kid Fit targets local youth health

McMINNVILLE - Local youth can take part in fun physical activity and hands-on nutrition lessons during Kid Fit, an after school nutrition and physical activity program for children ages 7-18 at Linfield College.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6 through May 3, from 4-6 p.m. in Room 107 of the Health, Human Performance and Athletics (HHPA) building.

The program, developed by Janet Peterson, assistant professor of health and human performance, will be led by Linfield students and include nutrition lessons and physical activity. In a non-competitive atmosphere, children can participate in a variety of activities including scavenger hunts, slip-and-slides, traditional sports and swimming games. Parents are also invited to participate. Three parent-only sessions, held on Wednesday evenings, will focus on helping children live a healthy lifestyle.

Julie O'Neil, a Linfield senior majoring in exercise science, is coordinating the program for her senior internship. She has taken part in the program for the past two years.

"Every child should learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and staying active," O'Neil said.

Registration is $20 per child and scholarships are available. Register on Thursday, March 1, from 4-6 p.m. in Room 107 HHPA or by phone. For more information, contact O'Neil at 503-358-4080, joneil@linfield.edu or Peterson at 503-883-2255.