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Library program provides incentives for healthy choices

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Photo submitted "Passport to Health" is one of many health-related programs being offered by Delta County Libraries in conjunction with the exhibit. Discover Health is on display through December 2018.

"Passport to Health," a library program, gives Delta County kids an opportunity to win a new bike, a youth pass to the recreation center in Delta, and an outdoor games package, as incentives for making healthy choices.

"Kids complete the healthy activities listed in a passport booklet in order to be entered to win a grand prize," says Adriana Chavira, Delta Library manager. "Parents, teachers, library staff, or other adults who can verify an activity has been completed can sign off on the passport."

SK Bikes in Paonia is sponsoring the grand prize for October -- a new bike with a retail value of up to $300. Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta is providing a youth pass for the November drawing and Delta Family Center is sponsoring an outdoor games package in December.

"The passport program is running in conjunction with the exhibit currently on display at Delta Library," Chavira explains. Discover Health is a traveling exhibition developed by the University of Colorado specifically for libraries and is on display through December 2018.

"The passport program is a great collaboration with the school district and A Kidz Clinic in Delta," Chavira explains. "School staff are assisting in distributing passport booklets to students and booklets are available at A Kidz Clinic."

Angela Flores, health and wellness grant coordinator for Delta County School District, has been working closely with library staff to coordinate field trips to the Discover Health exhibit and distribute passport booklets to students. "The passport program is a fantastic way for communities to promote health and wellness," Flores says. "It encourages our kids to get out in the communities, experience healthy living, and get excited about being healthy."

Some of the activities in the passport include interviewing an adult about what they do to stay healthy, finding a healthy recipe that includes all five food groups, and organizing a group of friends to play an outside game. "We think that kids will enjoy completing the activities in the passport while also learning about how to make healthy choices," Chavira says. "And, the prizes are a good motivator!"

To learn more about the Passport to Health program or the Discover Health exhibit visit your local library or www.deltalibraries org. Passport booklets are available at all five libraries in Delta County. Discover Health/Descubre la Salud is a program of the University of Colorado/Anschutz Medical Campus. Funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health.

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