The Junior League of Birmingham got kids moving and offered them guidance on staying healthy at an event last month.
The organization held its third annual 5K for Kids and NOBESITY Expo on March 9.
The community-wide event, including the 5K and a kids’ fun run, was sponsored by Princeton Baptist Medical Center and began at Legion Field.
More than 100 adults and children ran in the event along Princeton Avenue.
The event also featured the NOBESITY Expo, sponsored by the Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services. The family-friendly festival included vendors targeting wellness, health screens and healthy eating demonstrations as well as a fun zone for children with games and inflatables.
Members of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham led participants in a hula hoop contest and Zumba.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm representatives encouraged those who attended to try their custom smoothie bicycle. Riders tested their strength and ability as they pedaled and then had the opportunity to taste the fruits of their labor.
In the weeks leading up to the March 9 5K and expo, members of the Junior League of Birmingham provided educational programming in several elementary schools, including Hemphill Elementary, Hill Elementary, Princeton Elementary and West End Academy.
With the support of each school’s principals and teachers, Junior League members will continue to make presentations at school assemblies and teach students about making healthy nutritional and fitness choices.
The program curriculum emphasizes healthy eating, the food pyramid, portion control, where food comes from and food identification.
For more information about the Junior League of Birmingham, visit www.jlbonline.com.