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VAN WERT — Van Wert Early Childhood Center celebrated Every Kid Healthy™ Week with Action for Healthy Kids and other organizations dedicated to children’s health and academic success, along with some more than 500 other schools around the country.

Launched by Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance shared by AFHK’s network of schools, partner organizations and volunteers as part of a national movement to create healthier school environments for kids.

Formally observed the last week of April, this week – which is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances, provides an opportunity for the Van Wert ECC to celebrate its contributions to students’ health and wellness. Locally, as a winner of the Zone 2 Ohio Action for Healthy Kids Every Kid Healthy Week Challenge, the VWECC received a banner, $100 towards school wellness programming, and a cooking demo for students during the lunch hour, to be scheduled in May.

At the Van Wert ECC, students are given opportunities to explore healthy food choices for breakfast and snacks. The children also are encouraged to stay active. Each morning before they head down to their classrooms, they meet in the gym to get moving either through dance or another movement activity. The center is also taking the Every Kid Healthy pledge.