KIDS RACING (Photos by J.L. Martello)


The American Heart Association, along with the Pittsburgh Power Football organization and other local athletes, are teaming up with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Best of the Batch Foundation to present the annual Healthy Family Training Camp to encourage and provide fun ways to be a heart-healthy family.

The event was developed by the American Heart Association to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity, which is at an all-time high. Our nation’s health is approaching a tipping point where today’s youth could live sicker and shorter lives than their parents. Today 1 and 3 kids/teens in the United States is overweight or obese—inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Overweight children and teenagers are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes.

Nearly 150 children/parents will rotate through activity stations including an obstacle course (players participate with children), a healthy foods demonstration, relay races, health and safety fun wheels, CPR training and more. The program was held at the  Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Ave., Hill District.




DRENTTENY HUCKS, 14, from McKeesport throws a football.





TWINS—4-year-old twins, Tyrell and Tyrese Dorsey, of Duquesne, playing football.




BIG WINNER—Winner of auction is 8-year-old Justin Monchais, from Beechview.  Because he finished all the parts of the health fair he won a football autographed by all the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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