Warren G. Harding Middle School now offers girls fitness training

Girls at­tend­ing War­ren G. Hard­ing Middle School, 2000 Wakeling St., will be able to join in a new health and fit­ness pro­gram after class hours.

The C.H.I.C.K.S. (Cre­at­ing Healthy In­formed Con­fid­ent Know­ledge­able Selves) was or­gan­ized by Joan Todd, a teen pro­gram co­ordin­at­or at the Car­son Val­ley Chil­dren’s Aid Frank­ford Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter, and re­cently re­ceived $5,000 in grants from non-profits.

The pro­gram, which will of­fer girls fit­ness train­ing, dance ex­er­cise and wa­ter ex­er­cise as well as heath and nu­tri­tion work­shops and activ­it­ies, will be an­nounced dur­ing Hard­ing’s back-to-school night on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

The pro­gram will run from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“Obesity is more than just fat, es­pe­cially for im­pov­er­ished wo­men and girls,” said  Janice John­son Di­as, pres­id­ent of the New York-based Grass­ROOTS Com­munity Found­a­tion, the or­gan­iz­a­tion that re­cently awar­ded the grant.

Child­hood obesity is a ma­jor health con­cern in the United States, par­tic­u­larly for the black com­munity. Na­tion­ally, one in three ad­oles­cent Afric­an-Amer­ic­an girls is obese, Todd said in a news re­lease.

Grass­ROOTS unites the tal­ents of Temple Uni­versity gradu­ate Dr. Janice John­son Di­as and Tariq “Black Thought” Trot­ter of the Phil­adelphia band The Roots.

Through part­ner­ship with Black Rose Found­a­tion and Glaxo Smith Kline and spon­sor­ship of loc­al health pro­grams like C.H.I.C.K.S, Grass­ROOTS Com­munity Found­a­tion has launched a na­tion­al ini­ti­at­ive to edu­cate com­munit­ies about a range of phys­ic­al, men­tal and sexu­al risks. Grass­ROOTS sup­ports loc­al health pro­grams work­ing to ad­dress and elim­in­ate these risks.

To learn more about the pro­gram, vis­it www.grass-roots­found­a­tion.org • •

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