Health Fair for Kids Aims to Spark Hunger for Healthy Food and Active Lifestyles

Sobering childhood obesity rates in New Haven hit home for Yale baseball star Joshua Cox, who helped organize the first annual Yale Athletic Health Fair and Community Dinner, which takes place on Saturday, December 6. The free event, which aims to educate New Haven children and parents about nutrition, food and childhood obesity, begins at 4 p.m. in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium’s Lanman Center, 70 Tower Parkway.

“I was shocked to learn that over 50% of school children in New Haven are overweight,” said Cox, a 2008 Yale graduate who works at the Yale Athletics Department. “My goal is to promote healthy living and exercise in a fun and interactive environment.”


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 A panel of Yale medical professionals and food policy experts from the Yale Rudd Center will discuss issues ranging from healthy eating on a budget to the ways companies market food to children.

Children will take a field trip to the Yale Sustainable Food Farm where they will learn about vegetables and can pick their own for a snack.

Other events at the Fair include:

  • Healthy shopping demonstrations by Shaw’s Supermarket
  • Cooking demonstrations by Culinary Concerts Caterers
  • Diabetes informational by Yale Nursing Diabetes Specialist Vanessa Jefferson
  • Fast food informational by Subway and Lesser Evil
  • Indoor exercise station with Dance, Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii
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