Children’s health event set for today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 27, 2010

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Chapter of the Links four-month project on Healthy Tween Performing Artists culminates today.

At 11 a.m. the chapter will host the program, “A Day of the Arts with the Links,” in its fifth year, at the Alcorn Business School in Natchez.

Chapter President Demetria Reed said Healthy Performing Tween Artists is a project that has incorporated 10 young people, ages 9-12, from five different counties, Adams, Claiborne, Lawrence, Lincoln and Pike.

“It has been a wonderful project for all five counties,” Reed said. “The group has been working diligently with the boys and girls in the counties.”

The project is based on the goals of Links, Inc., a national organization of women dedicated to service that has four facets — a national trend, service, arts and an international trend.

Healthy Tween Performing Artists was created as an umbrella project to seamlessly incorporate all four facets, Reed said.

The chapter chose to service 9- to 12-year-olds, handing out information about healthier lifestyles, a national trend, and providing exercising tools.

“We are trying to implement some of the daily exercises highlighted by first lady Michelle Obama,” Reed said. “We have been promoting healthy lifestyles and giving them an outlet in the arts.”

To combat obesity while working with the arts, the children were given hula-hoops and asked to come up with a dance for today, Chapter Publicity Agent Jacqueline Evans said.

“I think (the tweens) are going to have a wonderful time because they are dancing to popular music,” she said.

The children will also be asked to sing or use spoken word, representing artists including Whitney Houston, B.B. King and Langston Hughes, Evans said.

Reed said the children are bringing items related to hygiene, such as toothbrushes, to help out tweens in Haiti.

Subway is donating lunch for the children and their parents.