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March 4th, 2009
Southside teaching local famlies healthy habits


Research has shown that today’s children may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents because of bad eating habits and lack of exercise.  Two local social service agencies are partnering up to teach families the effects of these unhealthy habits on their children.

Southside Community Center will hold a workshop Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. on “Raising Fit & Fantastic Children,” where local families can learn tips on how to keep their kids healthy and active.

Susan Schramm of Hays County Extension will teach the hour-long workshop.

“I plan to focus on youth and nutrition, and ways to incorporate activities into home life,” said Schramm.

Ruben Garza, Executive Director of Southside Community Center, believes that today’s tough economic times and parents’ busy schedules make it harder for families to maintain healthy lifestyles.

“We’re starting to see more blood pressure, cholesterol and even diabetes problems in children with unhealthy lifestyles,” Garza said. “Parents can take simple steps to avoid seeing these kinds of health issues in their children.”

The family nutrition workshop is open to the public, and free childcare will be provided during the event.  Interested families should call Southside at (512) 392-6694 by March 10 to reserve seating.

For more information, contact Yvonne Paris of Southside at (512) 392-6694 Ext. 28 or visit

Southside Community Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the basic needs of struggling families in Hays County with programs like a homeless shelter, emergency financial assistance, low-income housing for the elderly, home renovation projects and clothing vouchers.

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0 thoughts on “Southside teaching local famlies healthy habits

  1. A huge necessity indeed. I think all parents should take part in this presentation. Our nation’s youth has become one of lethargy and unhealthy living, we need to address this now. Health and Education are two pillars our children need reinforced.

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