The most recent edition of 9/11 brought about not only important recollections surrounding that important date, but also a positive message about a growing problem--obesity in Oneida County, especially among school students.

Over 35% of elementary school kids here are overweight or obese. That sobering statistic comes from the New York State Health Department. So, the Compassion Coalition and the Fitness Mill gym have teamed up to issue ‘wellness bags’ to our children. The bags contain healthy snacks, water bottles, socks and other items meant to generate healthy habits in children.

Members of the Fitness Mill donated the bags of snacks. More than 250 'wellness bags' (along with 100 yoga mats) were distributed to area schools on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

Do you think this great gesture will spur healthier habits?