F.U.N.™ (Fitness, Understanding Health, and Nutrition) is
designed to teach children ages 6-9 the importance of fitness
and good nutrition, while “The Power of Choice” is
geared toward children ages 10-13 to teach them the same concepts,
along with discussions about why good nutrition is important to
their changing bodies.
Club F.U.N.™ won the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service
“Summer Sunshine Award” for excellence in summer food
service programs that emphasize improved nutrition and physical
Spotlight: Club F.U.N. at the Springfield Community Center
are sweets good for you?” Jodi Alcon, Community Outreach
Coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest asked approximately 30 children
at the Springfield Community Center one warm afternoon.
the kids shouted back.
outside, what is that?” Jodi continued.
the kids shouted again.
the summer, Jodi teaches Club F.U.N., Ozarks Food Harvest’s
award winning nutrition and fitness education program, at the
Springfield Community Center on Tuesday afternoons.
F.U.N. is important for our students,” Keyonta, 17, said.
“It’s important because it helps build knowledge for
later in life,” she added.
quick review of the food groups and Jodi and the kids gathered
on the floor for exercise.
is for run, everybody run!” Jodi said, and all the kids
began to race around the gym.
class, Mercedes, age 8, said, “When I go to my grandparents
house, they only have junk food. I tell them to go to the store
and buy grapes, tomatoes, and cabbage!”
support of Club F.U.N. helps prevent childhood obesity, and improve
our children’s ability to make healthy choices.