Farmers’ market to launch Healthy Kids Club

A local group hopes that healthy living will be a part of the back-to-school routine for local kids.

The volunteers behind the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market are launching a new initiative called the Healthy Kids Club.

Each Saturday, kids will learn about food, exercise, how to take care of themselves and how to care for the Earth.

Each half-hour session is free and kids will be given a voucher they can redeem for a healthy snack at Whole Foods.

Organizers think it’s a first for the area and it’s modeled after programs on the West Coast.

They hope it will help lower obesity rates for children and have a positive ripple effect in their families.

“I think it’s great. It’s exciting. It’s motivating to keep on going and trying new things to get (kids) involved not only in the market but living a healthier lifestyle,” said Deborah McIncrow, the market manager. “And also taking that home to their parents about what you should be eating. It has to start somewhere so we’re going to start it at the market and we’re going to see how that goes. It’s a really great feeling to know that we can make a difference. “

The Fall session of the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market begins on Saturday, September 5, and goes until December 19.

It’s held at 111 Walthour Road at the Islands Community Church.

The kids club will meet every Saturday morning from 9:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

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