After School Health Club

<p>Lewis and Clark Elem.</p>

Lewis and Clark Elem.

<p>Afterschool Health Club</p>

Afterschool Health Club

A four week afterschool health club for elementary students helps teach young people how good nutrition helps the body perform the best it can.

Kadlec Academy is about teaching students - grades one through five - all about the do's and don'ts of healthy eating, exercising, and becoming a responsible citizen.

Kadlec health and fitness experts teach the four week free program. It provides kids with an overview of foods, exercise, and what a healthy lifestyle can do for learning.

It's the second week for a group of 40 Lewis and Clark elementary students. Today they learned all about the heart - how it works, what makes healthy food so important for the heart, and Richand firefighters were on also hand to show them how their hearts sound.

Ten-year-old Bryce Moser heard how fast his heart beats and how to keep it that way, "You can get it better by exercising, eating fruits and vegetables like bananas, broccoli."

Hailey Balmes, also 10, said, "Sugar, chips, pop... those are what we call 'sometimes' foods. We shouldn't eat them all the time because it can give you like a stroke, get your heart sick."

The program began four years ago in Richland at just two schools. This year Kadlec Academy hopes to reach at least 30 schools are taking part in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. So far, they've reached 24 schools in the Tri-Cities.

By the end of four weeks they want kids to learn how to make better food choices; learn the impact of food on heart, lung and bone health.

Some of the kids said they're going home to teach their parents about healthy choices.