3rd Annual Kids Free Wellness Day

According to the CDC, the percentage of children who are obese in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five children (ages 6–19) is obese. In Vermont about 30% of our adolescents are overweight or obese and over 30% of our toddlers ages 2-4 are overweight or obese. When we see these rising numbers in our state we can’t turn a blind eye. We need to band together to try and increase the health of our younger population. At The Wellness Center we are committed to offering as much as we can to meet the needs of our community, including classes for prenatal moms, kids of all ages and of course adults and seniors. In June we make it our mission to try to break the barriers to health and wellness for our kids by hosting a FREE Kid’s Wellness Day.

This Saturday morning, June 2nd (9 am-12:30 pm), The Wellness Center will host its third annual FREE Kid’s Wellness Day. This totally free event combines many fun activities with lots of options to try new ones, learn healthy habits and play. Our hope is that while participating in a safe and fun atmosphere we can help kids learn to enjoy all aspects of health and wellness. If kids love bouncing in a bounce house, but then go learn about healthy flossing and brushing with a free cool toothbrush, maybe they will correlate the fun and learning into better daily practices.

At the Kid’s Free Wellness Day we will be offering free fitness classes to kids of all ages right here at The Wellness Center. Helena Vachon will kick off the fitness classes with Kidz Danze at 9:15 am. If you have a child who loves dancing or music or both, you won’t want to miss this. Following directly after will be an indoor kid’s obstacle course and fitness fun at 10:15am. Lastly our Kripalu® certified yoga instructor Ali Thurston will lead a Family Yoga class for everyone to do together. There is absolutely no experience required to take these classes, just come and have fun.

Outside there will be so many exciting things. The Green Mountain Farm to School “Lunchbox” will be on site offering free healthy snacks, donated by The Wellness Center to the first 100 kids. Under our big tent there will be a station to take selfies, get your face painted or a temporary tattoo, learn about staying smoke free, button making, a veggie planting station, craft making, a handwashing station with free hand sanitizer, a bounce house, a simulated fire extinguisher activity, and so much more. There really is something for everyone at this event!

Our Kid’s Wellness Day is all about learning different ways to reach our youth and share in healthy habits that can last a lifetime. The hope of Kids Day is to present healthy lifestyle choices in a universal language every child understands — fun!

Consider this your invitation to bring your kids, nieces and nephews, grandkids or even your neighbors to a totally FREE and Fun event for kids of all ages. Come and take a class, or two (or three) or just visit the stations outside. We believe that investing in our children is an investment in the wellness of our future. So grab the kids and meet us at The Wellness Center (1734 Crawford Farm Road, Newport VT, 334-5566) this Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00am to 12:30 pm for a time surrounded in fun, health and fitness, at the 3rd Annual Kids Free Wellness Day!

 

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