Healthy initiative plans to fights obesity at more sporting events

3 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, November 23 2016 Nov 23, 2016 Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:06:25 PM CST November 23, 2016 in Top Stories
By: Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A healthy concession snack program will be expanded to more sporting events in the next few years after it proved successful at home football games for Helias Catholic and Jefferson City high schools. 

The healthy concession snacks are part of Capital Region Medical Center's five-year Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities program. The Missouri Foundation for Health gave the center a $5,000 grant to fund various initiatives with the aim of reducing childhood obesity 5 percent in Jefferson City.

Healthy communities coordinator Ashley Varner said the program started at football games to have maximum visibility and impact. She said around 5,000 people attend each home game. 

Varner said she wants the healthy concession snacks to be available at other sporting events, too.

"What we'd really like to do is work with our local school board and the football booster club and the parent club here at Helias and develop a healthy concessions policy," she said.

The program is growing. Varner said Jefferson City Public Schools will offer healthy concession options at middle and high school wrestling matches and boys and girls basketballs games this winter.

It costs the program around $100 per game for healthy snacks like apples, bananas, vegetable straws, granola, yogurt and packaged nuts. The snacks are sold for a dollar or less. Varner said keeping prices low was important.

"If I've got a, you know, a young child that's got $3 to spend and instead of going and buying a $2 bottle of pop and a candy bar for $3, he can literally get not only a cheese stick, a bag of nuts, fresh fruit and a yogurt, let alone another, you know, a bottle of water besides that, and that's a pretty substantial amount of food versus just that empty sugar from the candy bar and the pop," Varner said.

The nutritious foods are good for busy parents who don't always have time to provide a healthy dinner for their kids before attending a game, she said.

Kristin Bell, whose husband coaches at Helias, attended a football game with her young children Kenslee and Keegan. She said her children enjoy the vegetable straws, yogurt and cheese sticks. 

"It also allows me not to have to worry about packing, you know, my own snacks," Bell said. "I know that there are some healthy options already at the game, and it also helps to encourage my kids to eat the same things at home as well."

Varner said she has received positive feedback from parents and staff, even though a healthy snack is less popular than a traditional one.

"It may not be selling more than a candy bar or a pop, but it's growing," she said. 

Bell said she thinks healthy concession snacks would be good for all sporting events, but said colleges don't need them as much as middle and high schools because college students can buy healthy food for their homes whereas children cannot. 

Concession stands at MU's Memorial Stadium sell traditional concession foods like cookies, chili dogs and popcorn tubs, along with healthier options like peanuts and bottled water. KOMU 8 News reached out to Levy Restaurants, which handles concessions at MU sporting events. In a statement, Executive Chef Anthony Schmidt said lighter dishes, like salads and veggie burgers, are available on the suite menu.

All of the proceeds from the healthy snacks at Helias and Jefferson City high schools go to the schools.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Property owners of two buildings in the heart of Jefferson City are facing a deadline to either... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 6:39:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Authorities say a mid-Missouri couple is jailed after being charged with repeatedly locking a 9-year-old boy... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:44:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Five professors from the University of Missouri School of Law signed an open letter stating that President Donald... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Neapolitan pizza restaurant MidiCi closed its doors for good on Sunday after roughly 3 years in Columbia. ... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:14:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The number of people who are homeless in Missouri has decreased for five straight years: 2014-2018. ... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's health department has so far received three reports of flu-associated deaths as peak flu season begins. ... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Similar to veterans homes across the nation, Missouri veterans homes are suffering from a shortage of staffing. ... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 9:59:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Starting Monday, the City of Columbia Municipal Court will offer a period of warrant amnesty. There will... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:30:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Moberly Police Department arrested a suspect accused of robbing a gas station at gun-point Saturday evening. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 9:50:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers have found their new head football coach. Eli Drinkwitz from Appalachian State will lead... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:47:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
TIPTON - Neighbors are reacting after authorities said Bobby Joe Moore, 43, of Sedalia, shot his ex-girlfriends' mother and hit... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:01:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Restaurant owners are heading into the holiday season ready to handle the winter customers and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 3:43:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in Continuous News
FULTON — Community members can gather at the Field of Joy in Fulton’s Veteran's Park to remember departed loved ones... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Singing pine trees and dancing blue penguins are now lighting up the night throughout Binder Park in... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 8:00:00 AM CST December 08, 2019 in News
AUXVASSE - A suspect has been taken into custody in Auxvasse on Saturday in relation to a shots fired incident... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 9:19:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
FULTON - The 71st annual Christmas parade took over the streets of Fulton on Saturday afternoon. This year's theme... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:40:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Road signs honoring five Boone County veterans killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan were revealed Saturday. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:36:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — One person was transported to the hospital Friday night after being ejected from their vehicle. The... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:17:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 24°
11pm 25°
12am 24°
1am 24°
2am 23°