March is National Nutrition Month and Dallas Park and Recreation is joining the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) in teaching Dallas families the importance of eating healthy and being active.
“An unprecedented number of children in our communities are overweight and at risk for significant health problems,” said Crystal Ross, Assistant Director of Dallas Park and Recreation. “Dallas children need our help in their fight against obesity so we are so pleased to offer helpful nutrition information via our MyFi program.”
MyFi staff provide personalized healthy eating programs for every participant and their families all year long, not just in March. These are just some of the nutrition programs that MyFi has offered in the past year:
- MyFi has partnered with a number of community organizations to promote healthy nutrition for kids and their families. Kids assist in cooking demonstrations and then sample the tasty foods they’ve created. It’s all in an effort to teach the kids that healthy eating is a lifestyle and a positive way of life.
- MyFi hosted its first ever Nutricize Game show at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, where kids from various recreation centers demonstrated their knowledge of nutrition through competition in a fun and creative way!
- MyFi continues to receive funding from NRPA to expand the nutrition program and provide additional education through interactive games and hands-on activities.
- MyFi hosted the Brighter Bites program at Exline and Samuell Grand Recreation Centers. Participants and their families received 30 pounds of fresh produce once a week for eight weeks during the summer. Families received nutrition education and healthy recipes for the whole family
- During the school year, parents participate in nutrition classes which focus on healthy meal preparation, healthy cooking on a budget and ways to include kids in the meal preparation process. All participating parents receive free cooking utensils
MyFi is committed to making healthy nutrition a part of the lives of all children fun, creative and enjoyable.
“We are teaching our kids at a very young age the benefits of eating healthy,” said Lilean Stewart, MyFi Program Manager. “Participants also learn that eating healthy is a lifestyle and learning to make good food choices happens one day at a time, not overnight.”