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Young girls prepare for bridge run with lesson in nutrition

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Nutrition and fitness were the themes of the day.

"We're trying to teach them at an early age and hope that they would continue to practice what they learned and actually develop a lifestyle of living and eating healthy," said Kathy Jackson Senior Program Coordinator of Junior Girls Day Out Community Project.

While learning how to eat right, young members of the Girls Champion Fitness Club, a part of the lowcountry organization, Junior Girls Day Out took part in a little friendly competition.

The highlight of the day was the salad building competition. The goal was to quickly make the best healthy salad with high scores in all categories.

Jackson said, "presentation, creativity and nutritional components, that's why we put the chocolate chips on there to see if they would choose chocolate for that salad and we will see if they were listening and learned a lot during the different sessions we had up to this point."

The girls have gone to several businesses around town where they learned about the value of picking healthy food and how to read nutrition labels.

"We found out that 25 percent of the young people in the state of South Carolina are obese. We want to try to help eliminate that and reduce the number among young people who are in our program," said Jackson.

Jackson hopes that through these activities, the program will steer girls onto a healthy path in life.

"Well if you look at that bridge, you look at it as a mountain for girls who may have some issues they are going through. So every time we go up on the bridge they go further and they go higher. It really gives them the confidence to say I can cross that bridge, I can achieve this goal and I can finish that 6.2 bridge run," said Jackson.

31 girls in the program will wake up bright and early for the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 6th.

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