Healthy guidelines urged for non-school programs

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    Guidelines have just been issued for nutrition and physical activity in camps and after-school programs.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Guidelines have just been issued for nutrition and physical activity in camps and after-school programs.

    The recommendations come from a coalition of groups including the Chicago-based national YMCA.

    The guidelines issued Tuesday recommend a common sense-approach including serving fruits and vegetables instead of more sugary, fatty treats; and offering water rather than juices or soda. Half-day programs should offer at least half an hour of physical activity; full-day programs should offer at least an hour.

    Barbara Roth is national director of youth and family programs at Y-USA and was involved in developing the guidelines.

    She says it’s important for kids involved in these programs to learn healthy habits for a lifetime.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

    (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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