MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Fourth graders from nine Hopkins County schools participated in a wellness initiative at the Madisonville-North Hopkins High School gym this morning.

The Kentucky Delta Rural Project team, administered through Baptist Health Madisonville, kept the students entertained while promoting “Heathcare is Self Care” education.

Project specialist Chris Price Sr. energetically interacted with the school groups about making healthy food choices. He picked some students out of the audience to help identify different food groups by having them place placards on a board, and then handed out rewards.

He spoke about the importance of eating the proper number of vegetable servings, fruits, meat and grains each day, and to only consume sugar in moderation.

“One thing for sure, no matter how much you like something, you have to make sure you mix it up,” Price told the elementary students, to maintain a balanced diet.

Price said the program is about teaching youth the importance of taking good care of themselves.

Students also participated in group learning activities concerning Internet safety, anti-bullying, anti-drug, exercise and oral health education.

The Delta Rural Project keeps busy year around offering wellness educational programs for schoolchildren in 20 counties across western Kentucky, said senior director Kelcey Rutledge.

“We try to make it fun by incorporating dance and interactive games,” Rutledge said. “The students and teachers always want us to come back every year to have the program. They seem to enjoy it.”

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Reporter
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