Families to learn budget-friendly ways to stay active during Sept. 26 ‘Kickin’ It With WIC’ event

This trio played jump rope during last year's Kickin' It With WIC. The 2013 event is scheduled for Sept. 26 and it is for families enrolled in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's WIC program.

This trio played jump rope during last year's Kickin' It With WIC. The 2013 event is scheduled for Sept. 26 and it is for families enrolled in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's WIC program. by Karrey Britt

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s WIC program and the Douglas County Community Health Improvement Partnership will host the 10th annual “Kickin’ It With WIC” event Thursday, Sept. 26.

The event, for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., in Lawrence. Information on staying healthy and ideas on how to easily incorporate inexpensive and fun physical activity are the focus.

Some of this year’s activities will include: hopscotch, jump rope, tricycle races, face painting and an obstacle course. Participating organizations and businesses include: Parents as Teachers, Safe Kids Douglas County, K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County, Tiny-K Early Intervention, Heartland Community Health Center, Health Care Access, The Merc, AmeriCorps, Douglas County Dental Clinic and B.I.B.S., a Douglas County breastfeeding support group.

“Regular physical activity is one of the best gifts parents can give their children,” said Jolene Croxell, WIC superviser. “Establishing regular physical activity patterns early in life is key. Finding simple, inexpensive activities families can do together such as biking, walking or playing catch increases the chances that physical activity will become a regular part of the day.”

The WIC program serves pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children ages 5 and under, who meet income guidelines and are determined to be at nutritional risk. Participants receive nutrition counseling and checks to purchase healthy foods for their families. There are about 1,600 individuals participating in the Douglas County WIC program.

For more information or to see if you qualify for WIC, visit our website — ldchealth.org — and click on “Our Services” or call 843-0721.

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