Creating Healthy Heroes

By Samantha Chatman

Creating Healthy Heroes

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria District 150 students are kicking off summer break in a healthy way.

Kids ages five to eight spent the day at the Hult Center's Healthy Heroes summer camp.

They learned about bones, dental care and nutritional snacks. Organizers say the program gives at-risk children the chance to learn about healthy life choices at an early age, tools they may not be getting at home.

"Obesity prevention is huge right now so teaching them about healthy eating and having them engage in physical fitness might be the only physical activity or healthy snacks that they get throughout the course of the day," says Hult Health Educator Suzy Herrington.

Each year the camp welcomes children from low-income agencies to register for the summer program, free of charge. More than 100 students took part in Thursday's fun and educational activities.