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Challenge Success leader to talk about raising healthy kids tonight

Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series hosting final program

The city of Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series will wrap up its school-year program Wednesday with a special presentation for parents entitled "A Healthy Approach to Extracurricular Activities."

The program will be conducted by Margaret Dunlap, schools program director of Challenge Success, a research-based organization that partners with the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

The organization works with schools and families with the information and strategies needed to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for children.

According to Dunlap, the Sports and Fitness Industry Association has estimated that 21.5 million youths play sports in the U.S. She will discuss what children need at each developmental stage from sports so they can build a foundation for athletic development and lifelong fitness.

Parents will also learn what youth sports experts see as an alternative to the "earlier is better" and "more is better" mindset, and guiding questions that will help to balance the demands of youth sports with each family's needs and values.

The program will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Pleasanton Public Library at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

The event is free, but registration is recommended to be assured of a seat at www.pleasantonfun.com/ for course number 60254.

For more information, sign on to www.info@ptownlife.org/ or call (925) 931-5359.

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