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Healthy 100 percent juice-based drinks are served Saturday during Kids4Life. Pictured from left are Kierra Drewry, Levi Sloan, Jade Sloan, Nehemiah Sloan. See more photos on page 10.

Early June rains put a four-month delay on the fourth annual Community Health Action Team Kids4Life event, but the youth and volunteers were out in full force Saturday at Meherrin River Park.

“It’s another example of doing something positive for the community,” TopHand Sports owner Rustin Jessee said. “A lot of kids are coming out and doing a lot of active things and getting healthy food choices and things like that. It’s just another great day for our community. A lot of volunteers came out today to make it successful.”

The Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, Emporia Police Department, LifeStar, Greensville County Public Schools Division, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Office were on hand directing stations, giving healthy nutrition tips and creating games activity for the youth.

Pastor Larry Walczkowski had the unenviable task of sitting in the dunk tank chair. The only caveat to hurl the ball at the target was to roll dice and follow through with performing jumping jacks equal to the number of the roll.

Youth going through all the stations indeed burned a few calories. Replenishing refreshments were provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office.

“Brittany Powell is making healthy slurpies with 100% juice, ice, and water,” Tia Powell said. “It’s healthier than the market place, which has too much added sugar. I’m out here showing people the importance of whole grains by making nutritious whole grain chicken tortillas with lean chicken breasts and reduced fat.”

Though the turnout for the fourth annual Kids4Life event was intense, Jessee said the event will likely return to its June date in 2020. Whether it returns to June or moves to October for good, expect Elsie Sloan to bring her children, nieces and nephews back to Meherrin River Park.

“The kids enjoy it, and they learn about a lot of different health factors,” she said. “A lot of kids in our community suffer from obesity, so I think today we get a lot of different tips and motivation to lead to a healthy lifestyle.”