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YWCA Tri-County Area invites students to all-girl wellness summit

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Students and their families wave their hands as they dance for fitness at Barth Elementary School during the first Wellness Night on Thursday.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> It’s all about girls for YWCA Tri-County Area’s health and wellness summit, which will take place on May 7.

From smoothie creations to yoga to shopping, young girls will learn about several aspects of health during the all-day event. There’s a huge need for health related experiences for girls in the region, said Mary Kate Fain, YWCA external relations coordinator.

“We wanted to do something that was fun and educational,” she said adding that the summit won’t be a typical health class.

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Students and parents hold up their legs in a yoga pose at Barth Elementary School during a Wellness Night Thursday.

The health and wellness summit is open to girls in fourth grade through 12th grade. Although the summit will take place at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, it’s open to students in other school districts.

Registrations are open now and parents are encouraged to sign up their daughters as soon as possible to guarantee a T-shirt. The cost to register is $10 and includes lunch. Fain said the YWCA will work with individuals that can’t afford the fee. There is a coupon code available to be able to register for free.

“We really want to make sure that anyone who wants to participate is able,” Fain said.

The summit is an extension of YWCA’s Healthy Pathways Project which is a monthly program also for girls in grades 4 through 12. Fain said the students in the program learn about important topics such as mental health, self-esteem and nutrition. There is also usually some type of physical activity.

Nutrition sessions include a smoothie demonstration, basic overview of healthy eating such as label reading, and gardening. There will also be several fitness activities available including yoga, Zumba and a self-defense class. Other sessions include topics about self-care, financial literacy when shopping and a college panel for junior and senior students.

The YWCA is also looking for 75 volunteers for the summit. Volunteers will help with registration, monitoring classrooms and setup. All volunteers will receive lunch and a T-shirt. The summit is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and volunteers are needed throughout the day. Fain said volunteers can sign up for morning or afternoon sessions and even just for an hour.

To learn more on how to become a volunteer or to register for the summit, visit the website www.ywcatricountyarea.org.

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