Students recently participated in a wellness and nutrition workshop made possible by a Blue & You Foundation mini grant, according to a news release.


First Sisters Outreach Inc. 501c3 and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Omega Omega Chapter in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County conducted the workshop.


Approximately 45 students ages 5- 10 and 11-17 attended workshops held July 7-14.


Rosemary Withers, community health promotion specialist from the Arkansas Department of Health, presented a session. Youth learned how to make healthy food choices and to prepare healthy meals. They prepared lunch that included all five food groups from the “MyPlate Curriculum,” according to the news release.


Stacia Ward from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Wellness Center taught students exercises and challenging physical activities that they do while watching TV, playing video games and other indoor activities.


Participants also traveled to Walmart where they practiced shopping for healthy foods and snacks. This activity allowed the youth to put into practice the information they learned about reading labels and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of the trip, each student received a $10 Walmart gift card to use while shopping with their parents/guardians, according to the release.


Additionally, parents and guardians receive information about shopping on a budget, healthy food choices and physical activities families can do together.


Volunteers from the AKA-Delta Omega Omega and Alpha Rho Chapters, First Sisters Outreach Board Members, staff at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County and Quad W interns from First United Methodist Church assisted with youth with each activity.


Union Pacific donated water for the daily activities. Representatives from the Pine Bluff regional office for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield visited with students at Walmart and saw firsthand what they had learned.