The Obesity Prevention Project will host the 5th annual Back to School Bonanza on Tuesday, July 30, from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the North Gym of the Grand River YMCA.
The event is designed to combat obesity by empowering parents and children to learn to make healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and overall wellness. All Livingston County students in grades K-5 who register for the event will receive a backpack with free school supplies donated by local business and organizations after visiting all of the booths.
"We're excited that this is the fifth year we have been able to offer this great opportunity for the kids in Livingston County," said Jessica Trussell, University of Missouri Extension. "Each year we are able to pass out more supplies and help more families than the year before." Trussell reported that 375 backpacks with school supplies were handed out last year. Due to the success of the program, families must register for the event online, or submit a paper application, in order to receive the free backpack and school supplies.
Online applications can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/livingston or at www.livcohealthcenter.com. Paper applications are available at the MU Extension Office, Livingston County Health Center and the Salvation Army. Applications are due by July 15.
Many local organizations will have booths at the event, including the Livingston County Health Center; Salvation Army; Livingston County 4-H; MU Extension Nutrition Program; and Hedrick Medical Center. Also, the Chillicothe Fire Department, Chillicothe Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff's Office will all be on hand with vehicles for children to explore.
Donations of school supplies or monetary donations to purchase supplies are still being accepted. Anyone interested in donating may call Jessica Trussell at 646-0811 or mail their donation to the University of Missouri Extension Office at 2881 Grand Dr., Suite 2 in Chillicothe. Checks should be made payable to MU Extension.
Students who reside in Livingston County and who are entering kindergarten through fifth grade and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun event, there is no fee for admission.