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N.Y. CU Foundation partners with co-op to hold fair
ALBANY, N.Y. (5/16/11)--The New York Credit Union Foundation and Cabot Creamery Cooperative recently held a Health & Wealth Fair for more than 75 kids, teens, parents and grandparents in Syracuse, N.Y.
Click to view larger image Thom Dellwo, from Cooperative FCU, Syracuse, N.Y, reviews the basics of credit scores--including how they’re determined and how to improve them--at a workshop for adults at the Health & Wealth Fair, sponsored by the New York Credit Union Foundation and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation)
The fair was created as a hands-on, fun way to connect grandparents to their grandchildren, and parents to their children. It featured finance workshops, led by local credit unions, specific to ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-15 and adult and health workshops for all ages led by Cabot and WellTrail Inc. The fair also served as the launch of the Growing Health and Wealth Program, an awareness campaign/kit for children (ages 6-10) and their families developed by the foundation in partnership with Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The campaign was created to promote correlation between health and wealth and to emphasize that, the earlier parents and grandparents help their young ones learn the benefits of a healthy diet and money management, the better off they will be. To help give kids that head start, the foundation and Cabot created a kit that includes a set of three saving, spending, sharing moneyboxes; a dual Growing Health and Wealth activity book; a financial goals poster; and a family guide. The kits were provided free of charge to fair participants. An additional 12,000 kits will be distributed by Central New York credit unions. “Many people get into financial trouble because of health-related issues,” said Diane LaVigna-Wixted, executive director of the foundation. “You can’t turn on the television or computer without witnessing news of the health care issue or the economy and its attending gloom and doom message. The sooner children are taught about the benefits of diet and exercise and managing money, the better prepared they will be for their futures.” Credit unions participating in the Growing Health & Wealth Program include: ACMG FCU, Solvay; AmeriCU, CU, Rome; Compass FCU, Oswego; Cooperative FCU, Syracuse; CORE FCU, East Syracuse; Empower FCU, Syracuse; Focal Point FCU, Syracuse; Liverpool (N.Y.) Central Schools FCU; MONEY FCU, Syracuse; Oswego (N.Y.) County FCU, Oswego Heritage FCU, Fulton: Syracuse (N.Y.) Fire Department EFCU and Westar FCU, Camillus. Fair partners included: Huntington Family Center, WellTrail, Inc., Open Hand Theater, Child Care Solutions and St. Lucy’s Church Community Garden. Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919. The farmers who own Cabot--1,275 dairy farm families located throughout New England and upstate New York--support healthy initiatives for schools and, as a cooperative, reach out to other cooperatives to support that message.


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