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AmeriCorps Promotes Good Health At County Fair

Promoting health and wellness, John Carmody (left) and Tori Zerrahn (right), AmeriCorps members, informed the public attending the Oswego County Fair of proper nutrition and exercise habits they can implement during the summer months.

Promoting health and wellness, John Carmody (left) and Tori Zerrahn (right), AmeriCorps members, informed the public attending the Oswego County Fair of proper nutrition and exercise habits they can implement during the summer months.

SANDY CREEK – On July 1 and 2, AmeriCorps members Tori Zerrahn and John Carmody visited the Oswego County Fair where they educated the community on proper physical fitness and nutrition habits.

Promoting health and wellness, John Carmody (left) and Tori Zerrahn (right), AmeriCorps members, informed the public attending the Oswego County Fair of proper nutrition and exercise habits they can implement during the summer months.
Promoting health and wellness, John Carmody and Tori Zerrahn (right), AmeriCorps members, informed the public attending the Oswego County Fair of proper nutrition and exercise habits they can implement during the summer months.

They handed out informative pamphlets, tools and entertaining activities such as coloring books to both children and adults.

Young individuals were quizzed on what foods and drinks counted as “Go, Slow, or Whoa,” in regards to how often they should be consumed (as seen in the photograph).

Children could also participate in games that dealt with nutrition, asking them what constitutes as healthy food and drink options.

The response was positive, as many individuals asked questions and sought more information about healthy decisions they can make in their own lives.

Zerrahn and Carmody must complete 300 hours with AmeriCorps for the summer program.

AmeriCorps members provide their community with activities about fitness and nutrition, serving at schools, libraries, recreational programs and human service agencies throughout the county.

Zerrahn and Carmody serve through the Oswego County Health Department.

As part of their agreement to serve with AmeriCorps, they must complete a Community Involvement Project.

The project they will be completing this summer is a community garden located in Gilbert’s Grove Apartment Complex in Fulton.

If you would like to participate in this project, you can contact either Zerrahn or Carmody at [email protected] or [email protected] to set up a meeting time.

You can also find these AmeriCorps members at farmers’ markets throughout the county, Oswego and Fulton being their main locations.

If you are interested in having Zerrahn and Carmody engage in one of your programs regarding physical fitness and nutrition, you may contact them at the above emails.

If you are interested in joining AmeriCorps, contact the Youth Bureau office at (315) 349-3451.