It’s not the normal fare at West Point’s Youth Services Center this week.
“Operation Fit Kids” is the program for children taking part in spring break activities and exercise and healthy eating are on the menu.
About 45 children are taking part in the series that began Monday and ends Thursday, said Monica Barber, the city’s community development director who is in charge of the youth programs. Along with daily exercise, the children are learning about nutrition.
“We feed them a healthy breakfast and lunch and a snack before they leave,” she said. “There’s no potato chips this week. There’s no chocolate milk this week. All the foods are on the super healthy side.”
Barber said the children have tried out carrot sticks, small salads and wheat bread instead of white bread.
“It’s all in the vein of ‘just try it,’” she said.
Helping out with the youth this week have been about 20 volunteers from Point University. The college is having its “Ministry Days” with students helping out with projects around the community. On Tuesday morning, some students helped create a scrapbook while others played basketball with the children.
The youth services center has regular activities for children during the year, called the West Point CARES program – creative, academic, recreational and enrichment services. The program is Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. during the academic year and 1 to 6 p.m. during the summer.