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Inaugural South Jeff Family and Community Wellness Fair to kick off family meal challenge

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ADAMS — The importance of families eating together will be the highlight of South Jefferson Central School District’s inaugural South Jeff Family and Community Wellness Fair scheduled for Saturday.

“It’s the fact that the family unit is not eating together like they used to do in the old days,” said Fred Morris, who does community relations work for the South Jeff Backpack Program, which helps provide food and other supplies to children and families in need. “The importance of family meals has kind of been forgotten.”

He said the event will offer several wellness activities and educational programs.

The main portion of the fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarke Building, Route 11, will be the kickoff of the South Jeff Family Mealtime Challenge.

The two-week challenge will call on families to plan and eat multiple meals together from Nov. 3 to 15. Participants then will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire tablet computer as the grand prize. Cindy C. Phillips, the New York Beef Industry Council’s director of nutrition education, will give a presentation about the importance of families eating together to jump-start the challenge.

Admission to the fair is free, but the South Jeff Backpack Program will be collecting food donations.

Also during the event, Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse head coach Gary Gait will hold a lacrosse clinic for boys and girls of all ages. The clinic will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information and to register for the clinic, visit http://wdt.me/wxaXz4.

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