The purpose of this project is to establish a youth wellness program to serve Knox County youth ages 6-13 years old. This program will employ a research-based health program that promotes wellness, nutrition, and physical activity. Project activities include training community members to serve as health leaders, hosting parent and child wellness workshops and community cooking events, and engaging youth in afterschool and summer programs focused on wellness.
Partners in this project include Union College, PRIDE, county extension, Barbourville Independent School District, Knox County School District, and the City of Barbourville. These entities are also implementing partners of the Promise Neighborhood Initiative coordinated through Berea College. The resulting youth wellness program will be maintained at Union College, which will provide ongoing monitoring, maintenance of educational supplies, and evaluation of program outcomes.