The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation, in partnership with The Food Trust, will kick off its new Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative by celebrating Food Day on Wednesday.
Community members are invited to join in the event from 4 to 7 p.m. at the YMCA of Salem County, located at 204 Shell Road.
The Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative focuses on improving nutrition and reducing childhood obesity in Salem County.
Ranked 20th out of 21 New Jersey counties for health outcomes that include limited access to healthy food and physical inactivity, The Salem Health and Foundation plans to make a positive impact on Salem County by supporting children and families in establishing healthy lifestyles.
Specifically, the initiative will promote healthy food access, nutrition and fitness education, access to safe and open play spaces for children, farm to table programs, and resources that enable school cafeterias to meet new federal food mandates.
The Health Kids, Bright Futures kick-off and Food Day celebration will be free, open to the public, and will feature a moon bounce, healthy snacks, fitness classes and activities, a raffle, and fun music.
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of the movement toward healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
Food Day, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest, falls on Oct. 24 each year.
In 2011, this national celebration featured more than 2,300 events in all 50 states.