Hundreds of people visited the Cherry Creek Schools Family Wellness Summit on Sat., April 20, to check out a new location, new attractions, and get some new ideas for staying healthy and living well.View the Family Wellness Summit photo album on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page!
Smoky Hill High School hosted the free family event this year. Youngsters enjoyed climbing in the Aurora Fire Department trucks and ambulance outside the school and visiting with firefighters from Cunningham Fire Department and deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office inside the school.
The SHHS pool was the site of one of the summit’s new attractions; a Water Safety Awareness class presented by the YMCA. Parent Jennifer Garcia brought her sons Garret and Daniel.
“They are already taking swimming lessons and when I heard they were offering a water safety awareness class here, I thought it would be good for them to see another pool,” said Garcia. “It’ll enhance their swimming experience.”
One of the Smoky Hill gymnasiums featured fun fitness activities, from kickboxing and snowshoeing to tennis and golf, to the “It’s Your Health” Game sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The other gym hosted the 9Health Fair, where people 18 and older took advantage of free and low cost health screenings. Glenn Levinson was one of more than 300 people who took advantage of the potentially life-saving tests. “I think it’s a great idea,” he said, after getting his blood pressure checked. Volunteers for the National Stroke Association shared some startling facts; stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills more women every year than breast cancer.
In the SHHS cafeteria, student performers entertained the crowds and demonstrated their skills in jump roping, juggling and 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. When guests got hungry, they headed to the “Taste of Cherry Creek” to sample healthy foods that are or could be offered in Cherry Creek school cafeterias.
The Family Wellness Summit is sponsored by the Cherry Creek School District and funded through these generous sponsors: the Community Asset Project (CAP), Kaiser Permanente, the Aurora Rotary Club Foundation and the YMCA.
The summit aligns with the district’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy which focuses on the physical, psychological and environmental wellbeing of students, staff, families and community. 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.
For more information about wellness in the Cherry Creek School District, visit http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Wellness/Pages/default.aspx. Posted on April 23, 2013