LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College Workforce Investment Act Youth program recently partnered with local agencies and organizations to sponsor its first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Day.
The event was held at Robeson Community College. WIA students volunteered during the event as a leadership development and community service project.
Robeson County health officials, including the Health Department and Lumberton Children’s Clinic, provided information encouraging physical activity and making healthy choices. The event was attended by local childcare agencies as well as participants of the Robeson Community College Family Literacy Program. Healthy snacks, bottled water and other materials were provided by Chick-fil-A, Sweet Frog, Lowe’s Foods, Taco Bell, BB&T, Robeson County Cooperative Extension and Southeastern Health. Other partners included the Early Childhood Education Department at RCC, Robeson County Partnership for Children and Farm Bureau.
“This event is a multidimensional experience for WIA students,” said Elizabeth Hunt, Workforce Investment Act project coordinator. “They are providing a community service by raising awareness about the obesity crisis among children.”
The Workforce Investment Act project at Robeson Community College provides services that include alternative secondary school, study skills training, leadership development and work experience opportunities. Robeson Community College is a partner of the Lumber River Workforce Development Board and operates the out of school youth program in Robeson County.