Oakhurst Congratulates NH Kids For Making Healthy Activities A Part Of Their Lives
Portland, Maine (August 31, 2010) – Oakhurst Dairy is proud to recognize New Hampshire children who accepted the dairy’s challenge to make exercise and fitness a regular part of their lives. The youths, all members of Boys and Girls Clubs in New Hampshire, made a commitment earlier this summer to walk regularly and keep track of their mileage as part of Walk New Hampshire, a statewide fitness initiative sponsored by Oakhurst Dairy.
Earlier this summer, Oakhurst launched its partnership with the seven chartered Boys and Girls Clubs in New Hampshire at an event at the Manchester club, where Oakhurst President and CEO Stan Bennett, along with New Hampshire First Lady Dr. Susan Lynch, rallied kids to walk all summer with their families and compile their mileage.
A Challenge Accepted
New Hampshire’s seven affiliated Boys and Girls Clubs accepted the challenge, logging a total of 2,464 miles. New Hampshire Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs President Richard Lowney put the numbers in perspective, noting, “These kids in our clubs did the equivalent of walking New Hampshire from north to south about 13 times.” Leading the charge were the boys and girls from the Nashua club, who registered a total of 795 miles.
The mileage recorded by the Boys and Girls clubs accounts for nearly 30 percent of the entire Walk New Hampshire total of 8,480 miles registered by 6,900 participants statewide.
Physical Fitness and a Healthy Diet
Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for kids, and eating right is important, too. To encourage the kids to think about fitting all of the pieces together for a healthy lifestyle, Oakhurst also held a contest for the Boys and Girls Clubs to see which club could collect the most milk bottle caps. The kids from Salem’s club led the way, collecting 172 caps during the contest.
“These kids developed healthy habits and stuck with them,” said Oakhurst Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Bennett. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bennett himself walked over 150 miles, part of the Bennett family’s total of 618 miles. “That’s something we encourage and believe good habits developed in childhood will stay with them throughout their lives.”
About Oakhurst Dairy
Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 89 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, contributing 10% of profits to local organizations through their Living Natural Goodness programs that support healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com.