Helping kids have a healthy and successful summer

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) – A region eight wellness center is working to help children and their parents get healthy.

The NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Center for Healthy Children is kicking off its My Summer Success program. Wellness program manager Jennifer Martinez says they not only focus on a child's physical health, but their overall well being.

"We try to teach them a well-rounded healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise and on every Friday we will teach them self esteem courses.  A lot of these children struggle with having a good self esteem so we try to uplift them a little bit," says Martinez.

Martinez says parents are welcomed to attend the classes and learn about good nutrition.

"Education is so important when it comes to teaching your children how to live a healthy lifestyle.  You know, it is up to the parents.  The parents are the biggest influence on the children.  They can come to my class.  I can teach them how to eat, how to exercise, but their biggest examples are what's at home," says Martinez.

There are still a few slots available for the second summer session. For more information about NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Center for Healthy Children or to download a My Summer Success application; log on to or contact Jennifer Martinez at 870-336-1760.

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