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  • Kent Kids celebrates one-year anniversary

  • Kent Kids, a coalition of organizations whose mission is to advocate for healthy communities, families and children in Kent County, celebrated its one year anniversary at the Outlook at the Duncan Center in Dover on Friday.
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  • Kent Kids, a coalition of organizations whose mission is to advocate for healthy communities, families and children in Kent County, celebrated its one year anniversary at the Outlook at the Duncan Center in Dover on Friday.
    Kent Kids was formed after the children’s health organization, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, held a series of meetings with key organizations and people in Kent County in 2010, to discuss creating an organization to support health and wellness, especially among children, in Kent County. Kent Kids was the product of those meetings and officially launched in December 2012.
    A coalition approach helps bring about change effectively, according to Fanilda Shaw, manager of the community infrastructure team at Nemours.
     “If we want to see positive change for families in the community, people need to come together,” Shaw said. “When you bring all of these organizations together they bring expertise, time to volunteer, resources from their own organization and at the end we can channel all of those resources to help kids be healthy in this county.”
    A few of Kent Kids’ key goals include increasing health and wellness education and support to children and families; increasing access to health and wellness through healthcare, nutritious food and physical activity and family engagement. The final piece of Kent Kids’ work is to mitigate asthma by educating people about the condition and what triggers it, according to Shaw.
    Kent Kids has held several events over the course of the year aimed at teaching kids about healthy living. The organization put on a back-to-school family fun night at the Dover Parks and Recreation facility in September, where children received school supplies while being taught about health and safety.
    They also gave away zucchini plants for the Kirkwood Street Community Garden in Dover and hosted Healthy in the Heart of Delaware at The Biggs Museum. The program was designed to combine exposure to art with information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Children were given art supplies to create pictures, took tours of the museum and played games such as hopscotch and jump rope.
    Celebrating Kent Kids’ one-year anniversary gave Kate Layton, president of Kent Kids a chance to reflect.
    “It’s a milestone of a lot of hard work,” Layton said. “It’s been a long road. We’ve had some successes but there’s more to do. Even though we’re a young organization, we are working toward trying to do something good for this area of central Delaware.”

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