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Triple Play box coming to Kershaw County concession stands

Posted: April 4, 2016 5:30 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Pictured above are (front row, left to right) Eat Smart Move More Youth Engagement Manager Trimease Carter, Serlena Goodwin, Taylor Bowman and Shonell Fletcher. Pictured in back row are (left to right) Kershaw County Concessions Director AnneMarie Newman, Dietician Hayley Weise, Garrison Hood, Keydra Goodwin and UWKC Vice President of Communications Maria Spring.

Kershaw County sport fans will have a healthier meal option at home concession stands due to the efforts of local students involved in a program called Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE).

HYPE partnered with  the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC), the Eat Smart Move more initiative and Kershaw County School District to introduce the Triple Play meal to the public: a grilled chicken wrap, bottled water and baked chips or fruit.

“(HYPE) really felt like finding healthy foods was a difficult option and they were constantly bombarded with unhealthy food choices. One option was to look at exercise but they felt like we have a lot of options for exercise with school, the parks and walking trails but the challenge is more eating healthy,” UWKC Vice President of Communications Maria Spring said.

HYPE students created the project and, after some research, selected food items to put on the menu.

“The youth from Kershaw County wanted to focus on providing healthier food options at the concessions stands at sport facilities. They have the leadership from concessions on board to see which of the healthier options selected passed the taste test, and then they would be interested in moving forward with those options. They came up with their project (and) ideas, and they really took the initiative with this project,” Eat Smart Move More Youth Engagement Manager Trimease Carter said.

Kershaw County Concessions Director AnneMarie Newman met with students in January.

“They asked if they could come to Rhame Arena to get an idea of how concessions run and what type of foods we are selling,” Newman said. “The idea was to come up with a food item they could promote themselves that I would utilize at the concession stand starting April 9. They discussed quite a few things. I explained to them they would have to worry about healthier eating but also the cost of the items.”

HYPE participant Shonell Fletcher said she and her fellow students visited the concessions stand to brainstorm different food options.

“When we went to the concession stand we saw she had bananas,” Shonell said. “Everyone loves fruit, so we thought if we get some healthier options they might sell. We decided on what foods might work, we had a big grocery list. The top item everyone decided on was the grilled chicken wrap and the fruit.”

Fellow HYPE student Taylor Bowman said she realized how healthier food options are often more expensive.

“I took a lot of pictures from the fair of the unhealthy food they had. I wasn’t big on eating that much at the fair, but I saw how everyone there was eating it and what they spent their money on,” Taylor said. “(Through this project), I became more aware if what I am putting in my body and what others are putting in theirs.”

The Triple Play meal debuts this week, featuring a seasoned chicken breast, tomato and lettuce with mayonnaise in a tortilla wrap.

“A low fat/calorie flour tortilla was selected. Prep time and cook time are good- we wanted to have an item where the turnaround time could be quicker because we don’t want to have people waiting.” Newman said. “I think they did a great job. I think it’s a nice summer, light food item that can be customized.”

The HYPE team will be at concessions in Camden and Lugoff to help promote their new Triple Play box.

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