Operation REACH's Birmingham Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps Promotes Fitness

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Operation REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps in Birmingham celebrated February as Heart, Body Awareness, and National Children's Dental Health Month by holding a "Fit Fest" at A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in the Kimbrough Homes public housing project. The event took place on Friday, February 19, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Most people know that February is Black History Month, but for Operation REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (GYAC) members in Birmingham, AL, February is also a month to raise awareness about health issues affecting the community they serve.

The GYAC in Birmingham celebrated February as Heart, Body Awareness, and National Children's Dental Health Month by holding a "Fit Fest" at A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in the Kimbrough Homes public housing project. The event took place on Friday, February 19, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The activities, led by GYAC members, included an exercise obstacle course, healthy eating habits stations, and instructions about proper dental health. Through these activities, parents and children of all ages learned how to break the negative trends and habits of the past. Miss Black Alabama Ebonee Benson was in attendance.

The Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (GYAC), a program of Operation REACH, Inc., was launched in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to engage, empower, and inspire community-focused youth leadership. The GYAC engages college-age volunteers to work with partner organizations in their local communities to engage local youth through fun and service-learning. Operation REACH has placed 29 Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps members in Mobile and Birmingham, AL, working to build the capacity of youth-serving organizations.

Operation REACH is a national organization that engages, empowers, and inspires children, youth and families through innovative community-based learning opportunities. ORI is also one of the only Louisiana-born AmeriCorps organization to receive funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service for national expansion. ORI opened an office in Birmingham, Alabama in 2009 to serve youth in the Greater Birmingham Area. For more information on Operation REACH and it's Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps, visit http://www.operationreach.org or http://www.thegyac.org.

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Makayla Counselman
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