Cherokee County will have its very own Snack Wars on Saturday to promote healthy eating habits among young people.
The G. Cecil Pruett Canton YMCA is teaming up with Northside Hospital-Cherokee to present the Healthy Kids Day community event featuring teams from seven Cherokee County middle schools and four elementary schools
Residents are invited to come out and cheer their school on at the event from 1 to 3 p.m.
Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood, District 2 School Board Member Patsy Jordan and Dr. Jamie Rollins, a pediatrician with Northside will serve as judges.
Snack Wars is a live, snack-making challenge where the participants take everyday food items and turn them into a healthy, delicious after-school snack.
“Small changes are the first step to making a lifestyle change,” says Peggy Donaldson, Pruett Canton YMCA wellness and aquatic director. “Families are busy and often don’t have time to cook. Making meals a time for families to come together, engage in preparing the food together and then sit down to eat can have a huge impact.”
Participants are given a tub of mystery ingredients and have 12 minutes to plan and assemble a snack.
The goals of the challenge are to get kids into the kitchen, be creative and have fun while learning about food, flavor and nutrition.
Snack Wars was developed through Portion Size Me, a lifestyle campaign that began as a summer project in the home of then 10-year-old Marshall Reid. Reid, of Sanford, N. C., inspired his family to “get real” with their food choices.
He and his mom, Alex, wrote a book about healthy food choices and will serve as hosts for the local Snack Wars competition.
The Canton YMCA was looking for a kid-friendly event to highlight healthy eating, especially with Georgia’s high childhood obesity rate, said Toby Bramblett, associate executive director of Cherokee County’s YMCAs.
The event aligns with the Y’s three areas of focus — youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, he said.
The Canton YMCA is located at 151 Waleska Street.
For more information, contact the local Y at (770) 345-9622 or visit the Cherokee YMCA Facebook page.