Cook County Is Making it Fun and Tasty for Families to Get HealthyPrint This Post
Cook County Family Connection is taking a fun and tasty approach to getting its children and families into shape. The local Collaborative hosted its inaugural Community Health and Play Day this month, which featured a produce market, health exhibits, bounce houses, hula-hoop dancing, clowns and face painters, and other fun recreational activities.
“The purpose of our community Play Day is to encourage children and families to exercise, get outside and play, and think about food choices in a new and different way,” said Zoe Myers, Cook County Family Connection executive director. “We also provided a grilling station with free samples of grilled peaches, pineapples, tomatoes, squash, and other summer produce.”
More than 200 children and adults came out to the Boys & Girls Club Park in Adel to play, to sample a variety of grilled fruits and vegetables, and to shop at our produce market. Families also received nutritional information, food ideas, and resources related to health and nutrition.
“In terms of excitement, enthusiasm, and volunteer spirit, this was one of the best events we have ever hosted,” said Meyers. “Nearly 30 partners, organizations, and volunteers assisted in planning and hosting the event, and the Boys & Girls Club ensured that all of its students had the opportunity to participate in all the activities. Thanks so much to everyone involved for making this an exciting, fun, and memorable event.”
Myers said the Cook County Collaborative will host a community Play Day and produce market twice each year—one in early summer and another in late fall, thanks to an investment from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Program.
For mre information about Family Fun Day and other strategies Cook County Family Connection is engaging to end childhood obesity and get its community healthy, send an email to Zoe Myers.