Bowling just 4 the health of it

Local youth expressed an interest in bowling and fitness during the Noon Optimist Club’s annual “Bowling 4 the Health of It” event on Sunday at Astro Lanes.

Community Service Youth Committee Chair Connie Krites said the bowling event is one of many health-focused programs the “friend of youth” provides to the community.

“It’s to give the kids a fun activity to do, something that’s healthy — especially working on childhood obesity,” Krites said. “That’s a big issue for our kids.”

After bowling, children participated in other games and activities that promoted physical fitness.

“We give them an afternoon of active play,” Krites said, noting how member Melanie Schnippel has experience working with children at the YMCA. “She has jump ropes, last year she had a hula hoop game, different things like that.”

Krites said it is important to set a healthy example for children, both in physical activity and food choices.

Krites said she was grateful to Astro Lanes for allowing the club to bring in their own healthy snacks to the event:  yogurt, apple slices, fish crackers and bottled water.

For the full story, see the Monday, March 3 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.