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Merrimack Valley

April 10, 2013

Veteran's Expo today at Methuen senior center

METHUEN — A Veteran’s Expo will be held today from 3-5 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St.

During the expo, people will be able to meet with representatives from various agencies and organizations including the Methuen Veteran’s Affairs Department; Methuen Senior Activity Center; Mass. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; Veteran’s Northeast Outreach Center; Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; ValleyWorks Career Centers; Northern Essex Community College; Federal Small Business Administration; Methuen American Legion Post 122; Registry of Motor Vehicles; Bedford VA Hospital; Lowell Veteran’s Center; Arnold F. Greenwood Poost 8349, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Queen City Chapter #2, Disabled American Veterans; Congresswomen Niki Tsongas’ office; State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ offices and the offices of State Reps. Linda Dean Campbell, Diane Dizoglio and Frank Moran.

Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, April 20

LAWRENCE — On Saturday, April 20, the Merrimack Valley is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in the Merrimack Valley to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Merrimack Valley YMCA we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Julian Villegas, Executive Director, Lawrence YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

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