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Family Wellness Summit features free family fun, 9Health Fair
Looking for something fun and different to do on a Saturday morning? How about strapping on a pair of snowshoes, trying “Jedi Mind Games,” playing a round of Wii Fit or celebrating Earth Day by learning new ways to “go green?”

Those are just a few of the fun things you and your whole family can do at the Cherry Creek Schools Family Wellness Summit, a free, family event featuring fun fitness games, delicious and nutritious food samplings, a recycling station for used eyeglasses and batteries, and expert advice on all aspects of health and wellness. Drop in any time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at a new location: Smoky Hill High School, 16100 E. Smoky Hill 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 is encouraged.

“Empowering 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.”

New this year, the Aurora Family YMCA will be offering an introduction to aquatic safety. So bring a swim suit and towel and learn basic water safety techniques from trained YMCA staff members. Just in time for the summer swimming season, you’ll learn about safe behaviors in and out of the water and find out which objects can be life-saving flotation and extension devices. There will also be a diving demonstration at 11:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., students and parents can meet Denver Broncos mascot Miles 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.  In addition, fifth-graders who are participating in the 5th Gear Kids program can earn points by taking part in different activities

When hunger hits, visit the “Taste of Cherry Creek” to sample healthy foods that could be coming to your local school cafeteria, then vote for your favorites. Throughout the day, you’ll enjoy entertainment from student performers, including some who will demonstrate tinikling, a type of dance from the Philippines involving two people moving bamboo poles on the ground as dancers step over and between the poles. Here is the student performance schedule:

•     9:00 - High Plains Super Skippers
•     9:20 - Overland Hip Hop Team
•     9:40 - Peakview Tinikling
•    10:00 - Buffalo Trail Jumpsters
•    11:00 - Black Forest Hills Swing Dancers
•    11:20 - Soaring Hawks Jump Rope Team
•    11:40 - Summit Tinikling Team
•    12:00 - Cherry Creek Unicycle/Juggling Group

The 2013 Family Wellness Summit is hosted by the Cherry Creek School District and funded through generous sponsors, including the Community Asset Project (CAP), Kaiser Permanente and the Rotary Club of Aurora Foundation. Many community partners and dozens of dedicated volunteers make the event possible. It is one of several events and programs that are part of the Cherry Creek Schools Comprehensive Wellness Strategy, which focuses on the physical, psychological and environmental well-being of students, staff, families and community.

“We know that when kids feel safe and healthy they learn better,” added McNally.  “The summit and the district’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy are designed to actively engage students, parents and community members in that process.”

For more information about the Family Wellness Summit, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit

Posted April 8, 2013.
Posted 4/8/2013 3:57 PM
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