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Teens Teach Kids to Eat Right & Be Active

Teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club presented a Healthy Kids Carnival in Moline today. The University of Illinois Extension and the club hosted the carnival in Moline after the Teen Ambassadors learned about nutrition and cooking.

Brad Cirks is the local extension's educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. He says the teens from the club came up with the idea for the Healthy Kids Carnival. And they did all the work.
After playing games outside, they went inside too cool off and try samples of healthy foods, such as snow cones made with juice, nuts, cereal, popcorn, and fruit.

Bob Ontiveros, founder of Group O
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Bob Ontiveros, founder of Group O

Bob Ontiveros, founder of Group O headquartered in Milan, helps support the Boys and Girls Club. He encouraged the kids and teens to stay active, saying even though he's retired, he still walks two to three miles a day and plays golf.

Growing up, we had a boys and girls club at the fire station. It wasn't really a club. The firemen did it, and I would go to stay out of all the things kids could get into. I wanted to give back to the community, and it keeps me out of my son's hair.

East Moline Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos, talked to the children about her approach to staying healthy. She goes to the Y every day and eats nutritious meals and snacks. Bustos also played a quick game of 4-on-4 basketball with members of the club.

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