SALT LAKE CITY — In a statewide effort, Utah PTA Health Commissioner, Liz Zentner, along with several community partners, is asking local grocers to offer healthy, fun and festive specialty items that parents can bring to holiday parties throughout the school year.
“Childhood obesity is endangering the health and futures of many of Utah’s school children,” said PTA leaders in a statement. “Children need to be taught a healthier way to celebrate special occasions when they are young.”
PTA officials suggested fruit, vegetable and deli trays made into shapes of Halloween characters or holiday decorations. Cheddar cheese could be cut into cubes and arranged in holiday shapes or fresh or dried fruit could be arranged to look like a wreath. Healthier cupcakes can be made with angel food cake, whipped cream frosting and fruit, and children should be offered no more than one treat per person at parties.
Art supporters to meet at schools
LAYTON — Friends of Art Works for Kids will include stops in Layton and Bountiful on its 2010 advocacy campaign. An informational parent event will be held at Mountain View Elementary and Muir Elementary to advocate the State Legislature’s ongoing support of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in elementary schools. Each event will include student performances. The Layton event is Monday, No.v. 15, at 3:45 p.m. at Mountain View and the event at Muir is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9:15 a.m.