The Downtown YMCA will be a place for kids to showcase their healthy eating skills with the Snack Wars Kid Challenge.
Snack Wars will play out from 1 to 3 p.m. June 23. Participants from three age divisions will compete before a live audience and a panel of three local judges.
The kids will be challenged to take everyday food items and turn them into a healthy, and tasty, after-school snack. Players have 12 minutes to plan and assemble a snack from a group of mystery ingredients provided for them.
Snack Wars was developed through Portion Size Me, a lifestyle campaign started by then 10-year-old Marshall Reid of Sanford, N.C., who inspired his family to improve its food choices. Marshall Reid and his mother, Alexandra, have written a book about the subject and will be in Oklahoma City for Snack Wars as hosts.
For the YMCA, holding a kid-friendly event that promotes healthy eating in a state with a high obesity rate for children and adults was a no-brainer.
“We believe small steps lead to big changes,” said Angela Jones, YMCA of Oklahoma City director of health and wellness. “With a balanced approach, even the busiest families can discover ways to eat healthier and feel better. We hope our participation with the Snack Wars challenge will help inspire families to find fun ways to eat healthy.”
Snack Wars is open to the public. For more information, call the Downtown YMCA at 297-7700.