Are you fitter than a fifth grader? That’s just one of the things you can find out at the Cherry Creek Schools Family Wellness Summit, a free, family event featuring fun fitness games, delicious and nutritious food samplings, fabulous student performers and expert advice on all aspects of health and wellness. Drop in any time between 8 am and 1 pm on Saturday, April 14 at Grandview High School, 20500 E. Arapahoe Road in Aurora.
A 9Health Fair, offering free and low-cost health screenings to those 18 and older, will be held from 7 am to 12 noon, in conjunction with the summit. Online preregistration at www.9healthfair.org is encouraged.
“Inspiring kids, adults and families to take control of their health is one of the goals of the Family Wellness Summit,” said Janise McNally, Wellness Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools. “Research shows that healthy students – those who eat right, exercise and get enough rest – do better academically, so the activities and information presented at the summit support what goes on in Cherry Creek classrooms every day.”
The summit is hosted by the Cherry Creek School District and funded through these generous sponsors: the Community Asset Project (CAP), College America, Health One Centennial Medical Plaza, Kaiser Permanente, Parker Adventist Hospital and the YMCA.
“Thanks to our sponsors, community partners and dedicated volunteers, we’ll have dozens of fun activities, from Wii Fit to kickboxing to snowshoeing, as well as compelling information on everything from drunk and distracted driving to bullying to suicide prevention,” said CAP board member Karen Fisher. “The summit is a great way for families to have fun together and learn new strategies to maintain and improve their health and well-being.”
Starting at 10 am, students and parents can meet Denver Broncos mascot Miles and wide receiver Eric Decker as part of “Fuel Up to Play 60,” a nationwide program focused on fighting childhood obesity by empowering kids to take charge of their own health.
“Are you fitter than a fifth grader?” is new to the summit this year. Kids and parents can find out how they compare to the average fifth grader in areas such as:
• How fast does your heart rate recover?
• What is your lung capacity?
• Do your lungs get enough oxygen to your fingertips?
• How many teeth do you have?
“We know that when kids feel safe and healthy they learn better,” added McNally. “The summit and the Cherry Creek School District’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy are designed to actively engage students, parents and community members in that process.”
The Cherry Creek Schools Comprehensive Wellness Strategy focuses on the physical, psychological and environmental well-being of students, staff, families and community.
For more information about the Family Wellness Summit, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.assetsconnect.org.