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Central Hispanic Church Gets Columbus Families Moving

Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff
Published 2/27/13

Katty Castro, (pictured with her children Kevin and Keyla) a member of the Columbus Hispanic church, helped share tips on health and physical activity with Hispanic children in the neighborhood.

As part of their efforts to minister to neighbors in the eastern part of Columbus, Ohio, Allegheny West Conference’s Central Hispanic church used an $8,000 grant from the National Latino Children Institute, to host a unique 10-week health program. Under the title “Salsa, Sabor & Salud (Music, Flavors & Health),” church members provided Hispanic children and their families with tips and insights on health and physical activity. 
Every Sabbath afternoon for the 10 weeks, church members donned colorful T-shirts and started the adventure. The program was set up like Vacation Bible School with a twist of health and exercise, and included crafts, healthy snacks, physical activities and games (pictured). A total of 50 area families participated and experienced the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. 
“It was a blessing to see children and parents exercising together and encouraging one another to make a small change,” shared Katty Castro, who helped lead the initiative along with Pastor William Ovalle, Olivia Ramos and Aracelis Hernandez. “Every church member was fully involved in different functions, which resulted in a great triumph.”

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