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Austin, TEXAS — June 01, 2011 — University Federal Credit Union is supporting The University of Texas Elementary School’s Healthy Families Initiative with a generous donation of $10,000 and making its own wellness program available to UT Elementary students.
The program, which includes an activity booklet focusing on financial and physical fitness and nutrition, will kick-off on June 11 with Youth FitFest Day at participating UFCU branches. UFCU, a longtime supporter of UT Elementary, is concerned about the current childhood obesity rates and want to help students make good choices.
Rhonda Summerbell, Senior Manager, University Relations, said, “UFCU has seen the benefits of the Healthy Families Initiative on students and their families over the years. We are proud to support this model program, and to extend its message by making the summer program available to students.”
Currently, UT Elementary School coaching and nutrition staff are looking at the summer program activity book to make recommendations about activities that will best enhance student’s experiences with healthy choices. Students who complete the summer program can participate in a culminating event that will include prizes. Coach Bob Knipe is glad that HFI continues to receive such wonderful support from the community.
“Anyone who sees our students’ excitement about eating a vegetable salad that they personally helped grow in the school gardens, or sees our kids training for a big event like our annual 5k run can’t help but get excited along with them,” said Knipe. “It becomes very apparent that these lessons are making deep impressions in how our students are going to live the rest of the lives. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
Over $1.3 billion in assets, UFCU is Austin“s largest locally-owned financial institution and serves over 150,000 members in the Austin and Galveston areas. For more information on UFCU“s products and services, visit www.ufcu.org.