Parents and children paraded through several venues and stations on Thursday night as they enjoyed a free health fair.
Hosted by the Hardin County Schools Family Resource and Youth Service Centers at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, the Spring into Wellness Fair offered families an opportunity to explore healthy habits.
Co-organizer Leslie Hall said the fair took a focused approach to four health areas – sleep, nutrition, mental health and physical activity – which a survey of parents, students and of staff identified as needing improvement.
“So it was a very focused health show,” she said. “So we have something here in those four areas.
“Not getting enough sleep was one of the top three health issues noted by students, parents and staff,” she added, pointing out information about sleep patterns at her table.
Hall said organizers then found community partners, such as Hardin County Water District No. 2 for hydration, Hardin County Farmers’ Market for healthy eating habits, Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Service for cardio-drumming as an activity. physical and stress relief and school district nutrition service. for healthy snacks, it might help educate on one of the targeted areas.
“It was a very meaningful and useful wellness fair,” she said.
Cheree Roby, her husband, Charles, and their children, Trinity, Chase and Chance, took advantage of the event to spend time together.
“It’s very important that we use our community resources to form building blocks for communication,” she said. “We’re sort of moving away from that, so we need events like this to educate and show our support for bridging the gap between education and family.”
Roby said she was notified of the event by a single call from the district.
“When I heard they were going to do yoga and different activities, I thought that was awesome,” she said. “I try to incorporate ways for (my kids) to take a moment and center themselves. We talked about yoga and other ways to mentally shut down for them.
Chase took advantage of many physical and mental activities available at the fair.
“It’s good for your mind, your health and your lungs,” he said. “It’s amazing and a lot of fun.”
Mary Rose Stewart brought her twin boys, Bradley and Elijah Stewart, 6, who needed to burn off some energy after being home during the winter.
“I think it’s great that they put this together,” she said. “It’s a great cause for the community to learn healthy ways to do things as a family and keep them active. They are 6, so they have all the energy.
Bradley and Elijah could be seen jumping through obstacles and dancing and had been sweating heavily by the end of the event.
Bradley said he enjoys jumping hurdles with Bluegrass Family Resource and Youth Services Center coordinator Jerren Morning. Elijah liked to breakdance to the music of DJ James Hummel.
Darlene Cecil said she wanted to profit from collecting nutrition information for her children, Mary, 13, and William, 11.
“They have a lot of good information and a lot of resources available,” she said. “Parents often don’t know what resources are in the community and available to them in the community. I am always looking for help with nutrition.
Robert Taylor, who brought along his daughter, Gabrielle, found several activities beneficial for her, including balance blocks.
“I did pretty well,” Gabrielle said.
Robert said Gabrielle also enjoyed several of the healthy snacks.
Ethan Fournier, 9, also enjoyed receiving snacks and other prizes.
“That I have a lot of things,” he said. “I liked the water bottles and spinning the wheel.”
His mother, Amanda Crowdus, said it was important to him to see how a healthy lifestyle now can lead to better habits later in life.
“For Ethan, he got a lot of great information about sugar consumption, healthy eating, the importance of sleep, and all the different facets of health for them to learn at a young age,” he said. she stated.
Crowdus also said she wanted to expose Ethan to the community resources available to him.
“For him to start learning about community resources and how everyone needs to take care of themselves, I don’t think you’re too young to start learning those things,” she said. .
Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1418 or [email protected]