Nutrition Educator Sarah Curran will discuss childhood obesity and offer tips for preparing family meals and dealing with picky eaters at the next meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, October 19th, at Project Self-Sufficiency. Meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m., in order to maximize opportunities for participation by the general public. Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, is designed by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families to address the needs of local families who are expecting or who are parenting young children. Meeting participants will also receive an update on Project Sussex Kids activities. Refreshments will be provided; childcare is available upon request. Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.
The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program employs educators like Curran with the goal of improving nutrition and increasing physical activity within the community, and particularly among those who receive public assistance. Curran will review childhood obesity statistics throughout the state and within Sussex County. Strategies for encouraging every family member to eat a balanced diet will be addressed.
County Councils for Young Children have been established in all of the state’s 21 counties to bring together parents, caregivers, as well as health, education and social service professionals to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration of services. The Project Sussex Kids General Council Meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To attend the General Council Meeting, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500. Additional information is available at www.projectsussexkids.org.