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GE volunteers to teach kids to "bee" healthy

By Carver Foundation of Norwalk


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NORWALK, CT - The GE Fairfield Hub of the Hispanic Forum and the GE Capital Americas-Bank Loan Group will produce a health education program, called “BEE Healthy” for the Carver Center’s 170 day campers on Tuesday, August 9th, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.

“BEE” stands for Balance, Exercise and Eating well. The BEE Healthy program will address all three priorities in nine different activity stations. Three stations will teach balancing exercises, such as yoga. Three stations will demonstrate fun exercises that the children can adopt into their daily lives. And three other stations will provide nutritional information.

The BEE Healthy program is a national signature event that raises awareness about childhood obesity through public engagement and community outreach with programmatic emphasis on Hispanic, African American and other minority youth. The program supports Healthymagination, GE’s business strategy that seeks to help people live healthier lives, support customer success and help GE grow by investing in innovations that measurably improve cost, access and quality of healthcare.

“Almost everyone wants to make healthier choices,” says Leo Cavedagne of GE Capital and one of the organizers of the BEE Healthy event at Carver. “But kids don’t always know how to make those choices.”

Lilian DiCiacco, another GE Capital organizer, adds: “The amount of information available to parents and youth on wellness, nutrition and exercise can be overwhelming. GE’s Healthymagination and our BEE Healthy community outreach initiative is about helping youth and their families to become healthier through sharing imaginative ideas and proven solutions.”

“GE makes a lot happen at Carver all year long,” says Novelette Peterkin, Carver’s Executive Director. They are unrivaled in the corporate community in both their financial and volunteer commitments. BEE Healthy is yet another innovation that will help our youth. This event will show our kids how making healthy decisions can be easy – and fun!”

Carver

Founded in 1938, the Carver Foundation of Norwalk reaches nearly 5,000 individuals each year through a spectrum of educational, enrichment, recreational programs, as well as summer camp and spring and fall national college tours, Carver is one of Norwalk’s key advocates for closing the Achievement Gap. Carver works with elementary to high school students throughout Norwalk. In addition to its busy community center, free after-school programs led by certified teachers and other qualified staff and volunteers are established within Norwalk’s four middle schools and two high schools.




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