On April 18th, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley inaugurated the Millrace Bread Oven with a ribbon cutting and community Pizza Party at 40 South Main Street. Attendees got to sample pizza from the wood-fired bread oven, sample soda from Millrace Kitchen member HG80, enjoy music by the Daniel Hill Trio, AND get a dose of Healthy Habits shared by members of the Clean, Green and Healthy Youth Ambassador Program.
Through funding support from RI Housing, youth at NWBRV’s C3 Center have been learning healthy habits since January with a goal of becoming community ambassadors. With the weather getting nicer, the kids got to test out their ambassadorship skills on May 18th as part of the ribbon cutting.
Our students took a simple goal – drinking more water – and ran with it. They researched the difference between water and other drinks and found the biggest difference to be all the added sugar. With the HG80 giving away free soda, they wanted to be sure that attendees knew exactly what they were drinking, AND had an alternative.
Students created labels with fun water facts and adhered them to water bottles which they passed out for free. Did you know “By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost more than 1% of its total water?”
They then created a display out of various beverages and sugar cubes to demonstrate how much sugar was added to each drink. Trust me, those piles of sugar cubes made quite the conversation starters.
Be on the look out for youth from the C3 Center dropping their Clean, Green and Healthy knowledge at future events.