Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chester Upland’s Soccer for Success Program to Host Nearly 175 Participants and Parents for Healthy Eating Seminar Oct. 10

The Chester Upland Soccer for Success Program, an after-school youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for low-income students, will host a healthy eating seminar for Stetser Elementary School participants and their families. All attendees will enjoy a healthy meal prepared by Widener’s ARAMARK chefs using sweet potatoes. The featured ingredient will then be distributed to parents thanks to the recent 32-pound harvest of sweet potatoes by Stetser students from their school garden. Parents will also receive sweet potato recipes and tips for healthy cooking.

What: Soccer for Success Parent Engagement Meeting focused on Healthy Eating
Who:  Soccer for Success Program participants, their families and community partners
When: Wednesday, Oct. 10
            5:15 p.m.
Where: Stetser Elementary School
             808 E. 17th Street
             Chester, PA 19013

Details: The U.S. Soccer Foundation selected Widener University to receive a $200,000 grant over two years to operate Soccer for Success. The program began last month with 350 participants in three locations throughout Chester: Drexel Neumann Academy, Stetser Elementary and the Widener Partnership Charter School. The program is the result of collaborations between Widener’s Athletic Department, the School of Nursing, the Widener Center for Violence Prevention and the Widener student-led group Northern Star Sports in addition to the Philadelphia Union, the Chester Youth Collaborative as an affiliated organization of Crozer-Keystone Health Systems, the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation and Upland Borough.

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