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Apex Supports Healthy Snacks and Water for Youth Athletics Programs

Healthy Snacking Banner imageThe Town of Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Committee adopted a resolution encouraging and supporting healthy snacks and water use among youth athletic programs offered by the town.

Coaches share the Sport Snack Game Plan with their teams as part of this resolution. AHA created this tool, and the Western Wake AHA Work Group advocated for its use and the resolution in Apex.

“Encouraging our young athletes to refuel with fruit and water aligns really well with our program goal to promote healthy lifestyles,” said John Brown, director of the town’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department. The Sports Snack Game Plan is distributed to each youth sports registrant and posted on the Town’s spring, fall and winter sports web pages.

In 2014, more than 3,500 youth participated in 294 spring, fall and winter youth athletics teams hosted by the Town of Apex. As more families make Apex their home, participation in the town’s youth athletics will continue to grow.

“More than 43 percent of kids aged 5 to 11 in Wake County are overweight, and we want all kids to feel well and be healthy ,” said Sara Merz, AHA Director. “Parks and recreation departments across the county provide such wonderful opportunities for physical activity. Through this resolution, Apex leaders are further supporting community health by promoting healthy snacks and water, rather than chips or donuts and sugary drinks, as part of pre-game, mid-game and post-game meals and snacks.”

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