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ADA Project Power scheduled to return

A popular afterschool program is going virtual to continue to help students live a healthy lifestyle. 

The American Diabetes Association’s Project Power is returning in a virtual format to continue to engage with students despite them still learning at home. Project Power is a free, at-home experience for students ages 5 to 12 years old.

There are three goals for this program. The first is to educate students that are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and their families. The second is to engage the students and their families in interactive physical activities and nutrition education sessions. Lastly, Project Power will connect these youth to reduce feelings of isolation, increase social skills and improve confidence and independence in healthy eating and active lifestyles.

“This program can truly change the trajectory of children’s lives, lowering their risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes and providing them a solid health foundation for years to come,” said Deanie Eldridge, American Diabetes Association executive director.

Students who participate will receive a special Project Power box in the mail. This box will include the activity journal and other supplies needed for the twice-a-week program. The activities will consist of games, competitions and interactive discussions. Even though it is a virtual program, students will still connect with peers from across the country and their counselors for an hour each meeting.

“We hope that many Western Tidewater families will sign up for this free program, to improve the health and wellness of our area children through nutrition education, physical activity, and family engagement,” said Eldridge. “The kids learn through fun activities, games and interactive challenges they complete with family and friends.”

Four sessions are already scheduled for the spring and fall of 2021. The first session will run from March 30 to April 15, with registration already open. Other three-week sessions include May 4 through 20, Oct. 5 through 21 and Nov. 2 through 18. Each session will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

ADA is also looking for counselors over the age of 18 who want to make a difference and engage with the participating students.

To register or learn more, visit diabetes.org/community/project-power.