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READY Program Teaches Students Healthy Living

Some students at Binghamton's Roosevelt Elementary School are learning in a fun way about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.
Some students at Binghamton's Roosevelt Elementary School are learning in a fun way about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.

The YMCA of Broome County secured a grant to fund the Roosevelt Elementary's Activities for Disabled Youth or READY program.

The kids spend about 25 minutes learning lacrosse after school. Then they take the same amount of time doing a health education activity inside.

When NewsChannel 34 stopped by they were playing fruit stand avalanche, which shows them what they should and should not be eating.

If the pilot program is successful, the Y would like to expand it to more schools.

"Ideally, we hope that these kids are going to learn more about anatomy and physiology, about their body and how it pertains to healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle and also be able to help the school districts and the kids get that extra 60 minutes of play a day to be able to stay healthy and active as they grow older," said Dan Smith.

Roosevelt's Principal David Chilson helped organize the program after funding was secured from the Lillian Briggs Foundation of the Community Foundation for South Central New York.

"I'm hoping that we give kids an opportunity to play an after school sport, who might not get that opportunity later in life, or turn these kids onto sports and healthy lifestyles and they'll want to pursue them even more," said Chilson.

By the end of the month-long program, the goal is to have 50 students involved.
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