Whitesburg KY

Wally Cat encourages children to eat smart

Wally Cat is back in action playing basketball on billboards and buses across the state. The superhero wildcat is designed to motivate children to “Eat smart to play hard. Eat fruits and veggies.” This ad campaign and accompanying educational programs allow University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service personnel to help Kentuckians make wise choices to improve their health.

“We consider it a slam dunk when youth and parents who participate in our programs make healthy behavior changes. We offer free resources and educational classes to help them achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle”, said Debra Cotterill, director of the Kentucky Nutrition Education Program. “Our families receive affordable and practical solutions in a supportive group environment and have fun learning new skills.”

UK Cooperative Extension Service is also inspiring parents to “Make sure fruits and veggies are in reach” with an ad promoting healthy snack choices for children.

“Children are more likely to eat fruits and veggies when they are accessible,” said Cotterill. “Through our nutrition education program, we assist busy parents with ideas that make it easy for them to provide nutritious foods for their children.”

Residents can receive free recipe cards and learn more about free nutrition education programs by contacting the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service at P.O. Box 784, Whitesburg, KY 41858 or call 606-633-2362.

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its landgrant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

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