Two locals continue childhood obesity fight
HURRICANE -- Two Putnam County residents are going to the nation's capital to continue their ongoing work to combat childhood obesity.
Mandy and Kirk Curry, founders of Healthy Kids Inc., a WV-based online meal planner designed to show families how to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle, have been chosen as two of only 30 people from throughout the country to participate in a two-day hackathon in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.
During the event, participants will prototype and build working solutions focused on solving the childhood obesity epidemic. The hackathon is a two-day challenge leading up to the Building a Healthier Future Summit on March 13 and 14. Participants will form teams to work on one of two challenges:
1. To help teachers empower students to make healthy choices about the food they consume, whether at home or at school.
2. To create an information avenue that shows families the healthy food options and physical activity opportunities available locally.
The Currys will be competing on challenge No. 2.
"We are all too aware of the challenges facing families in our home state and want to take what we have learned to make a difference across the country," co-founder Mandy Curry said in the news release. "The best part of this challenge is that we won't spend two days talking about the issues. We get to spend two days creating a solution. Having entrepreneurs, web designers, and technology experts around the table working on a common solution is incredibly exciting."
Two winnings teams will be selected from the challenge to then take the stage at the summit to present their work to an audience of 1,000 industry leaders, with one team winning an audience choice award. The summit concludes with a keynote presentation by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Healthy Kids Inc. is an online meal planner built on the premise of helping families incorporate work, kids, and healthy eating, according to the news release. The Currys live in Hurricane. Mandy Curry sits on numerous boards throughout the state, spearheads a statewide outreach project called "Healthy Kids, Healthy WV," speaks to classrooms throughout the state about healthy eating, and assists with kids cooking classes at Huntington's Kitchen. She is also a blogger and contributor to eHow.com.
For more information about the summit, visit http://ahealthieramerica.org/summit/innovation.
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