Albany kids help fight world hunger by getting active

March 18, 2019 06:04 PM

ALBANY - We hear a lot of talk about childhood obesity and the need to get kids moving.

A program underway in some local schools is doing just that. It may seem counterintuitive, but when kids reach their activity goal, they're rewarded with food -- just not for themselves.

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A morning dance party at Eagle Point Elementary School in Albany is technically called a Kids Power-Up – and goes hand in hand with activity tracker wrist bands the kids wear that looks to reverse recent trends in childhood obesity.

The whole program is part of UNICEF - the humanitarian organization that is known for helping to feed starving children in countries around the world.  The food students earn as rewards are called RUTFs or Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets.

The packets require no water or refrigeration and provide essential vitamins and nutrients.

They are made in the countries where they are used - and students participate in activities that give them a sense of what goes into it.

Hear from the students and a teacher about the satisfaction they're getting helping others, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's "Upside" report.



Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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