McLane Children’s Family, Food & Fun! is a FREE family wellness education program for children (ages 8-15) and their families.
Orientation: Wednesday, January 24, 6-6:30pm
Week 1: Thursday, February 1, 5:45-8pm
Week 2: Thursday, February 8, 6-8pm
Week 3: Thursday, February 15, 6-8pm
Week 4: Thursday, February 22, 5:45-8pm
### FAQs ###
What is a "family wellness education program?"
In a fun, interactive classroom setting, this program will teach children and their families the health benefits of eating fruits/vegetables, foods low in salt/sugar, and daily physical activity (exercise). Before and after the program, parents will complete a brief survey, and parents and children will complete a voluntary biometric (height, weight, waist measure) and fitness (timed half mile, sit-ups, and jumping jacks) assessment. These assessments will measure a family's progress towards healthier eating and physical activity behaviors.
What will we do?
Each week, children and their parents will:
1) prepare a budget-friendly healthy meal with supplied ingredients,
2) learn basic cooking techniques and food safety,
3) discuss health benefits of nutrition and physical activity, and
4) participate in a fun family fitness activity.
What is the Cooking Competition?
At the completion of the program, children will be divided into teams to prepare a meal judged on taste, presentation, teamwork, and creativity. Celebrity Judges will select a winning dish and the winning team's name will be placed on the McLane Children's Golden Cup Trophy!
Where do we meet?
Each week, we will meet at the Senior Center (located right next the Killeen Family Recreation Center and the Lions Park) at 1700 E Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen.
What if I have children under the age of 8-- can they still participate?
If you have children under the age of 8 or over the age of 15, they can still participate as long as you have at least one child (age 8-15). Contact the Killeen Family Recreation Center to learn more about childcare services.
Is Family, Food, & Fun! on Facebook?
A Facebook Event for the Welcome Night will be available- be sure to list yourself as attending and share it on Facebook!
What if we completed the program-- can we register again?
Due to limited seating and high demand for this program, we ask alumni families to attend a "Family Reunion" event held four times through the year instead of repeating the program. Alumni families will receive more information about this!
What is McLane Children's Family, Food, & Fun! and when did it first start?
Developed by McLane Children's Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, the Family, Food, & Fun! program has provided nutrition and physical activity education to hundreds of families in the Killeen community since November 2015.
What if I have more questions or need to reschedule?
If you have any questions or would like to reschedule, please call 254-935-5013 or email Blair.Murphy@bswhealth.org