Utica area students receive 'wellness bags' to promote healthy habits

More than 35 percent of elementary school students in Oneida County are overweight or obese, according to data from the New York State Health Department.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 1:12 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 3:27 PM

UTICA – More than 35 percent of elementary school students in Oneida County are overweight or obese, according to data from the New York State Health Department.

In an effort to urge kids to eat healthy, the Compassion Coalition and the Fitness Mill partnered to provide ‘wellness bags’ to kids in area school districts.


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“A lot of kids have their lunch early and they don't have anything with afterschool activities, so a lot of our members at the gym. We put it out there and within two days, we had two boxes filled with snacks just from our members at the Fitness Mill,” said Erin Goodman, general manager of the Fitness Mill.

The bags were packed with healthy snacks, water bottles, socks and other items meant to incite healthy habits in children.

More than 250 'wellness bags' were distributed on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. 

The drive is also supplying 100 yoga mats to new clubs in local schools.

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