April 2, 2004
Contact: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023 -- Marilyn
Duncan, (901) 333-4247
SOUTHWEST KIDDIES GET READY TO ‘SHAPE AND BAKE’
Children in the child care centers at Southwest Tennessee Community
College are getting set up to “Shape and Bake” in an effort to bring
awareness to the rise in childhood obesity.
The centers on the Macon Cove and the Union Avenue campuses recently
received a $25,000 grant from the Assisi Foundation to develop the ‘Shape
and Bake’ program. As part of the “Healthy Memphis” Community Obesity
Awareness campaign, the centers will present lifelong, healthy eating
patterns to preschool-age children and their parents.
Over a five-month period, some 25 to 30 families will attend monthly
dinnertime meetings at which the parents will work with a nutritionist to
prepare a quick, easy and nutritious meal, while discussing the health
risks associated with obesity. At the same time, the children will
participate in a ‘kiddie workout’ led by a music and movement specialist.
The families will then reunite to eat the prepared meal. At the conclusion
of the meeting, each family will receive a recipe book and a kiddie
Southwest will incorporate the materials developed through the program
into the curriculum of the centers to encourage healthy eating and regular
The Macon Cove Campus Kids Corner and the Union Avenue Campus Early
Childhood Education Center provide care for children of students, faculty
and staff. Center hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call (901) 333-4365.