Debbie Reiser and her husband Eric were among the 500 people who took advantage of free and low-cost health screenings at the 9Health Fair, held Sat., April 9, at Grandview High School, in conjunction with the second annual Cherry Creek Schools Family Wellness Summit. But when they saw how many fun and interesting activities were available at the summit, they went back home and got their kids, Jacob and Nicole.
“This is wonderful! It’s great to see the emphasis on the overall healthiness of the family,” said Debbie Reiser. “We just decided that as a family, we’re going to do a 5K!”
Inspiring kids, adults and families to take control of their health is one of the goals of the Family Wellness Summit, which is sponsored by the Cherry Creek School District, Cheley Colorado Camps, the Community Asset Project, Kaiser Permanente, Arapahoe Credit Union, Health One Centennial Medical Plaza, Parker Adventist Hospital, Rotary Club of Aurora Foundation, and many other businesses and community groups.
The free family event attracted more than 1,500 people, who enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities and interactive demonstrations focusing on physical, psychological, nutritional, environmental and health care wellness. For example, Fox Hollow first-grader Braden Sears played the “It’s Your Health” game and correctly guessed that there’s more sugar in a bottle of soda than you should have in an entire day.
At the same time, kids and adults tried Wii Fit dance, boxing, golf, snowshoeing and more. The “Taste of Cherry Creek” featured healthy foods that are or may be included in school lunches. Participants got to sample the foods, then vote for their favorites.
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.
Dozens of students, parents, staff members and community volunteers worked at the summit, including Kalie Kleinman, an eighth-grader from West Middle School, who shared information about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.
“The leading cause of injuries in the U.S. is car crashes, and 80% of crashes are caused by distracted drivers,” said Kleinman, who volunteered at the road safety station.
The summit also featured stations and presentations about school safety, bullying and suicide prevention.
“We know that when kids feel safe and healthy they learn better,” said Janise McNally, Wellness Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools. “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 district’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy focuses on the physical, psychological and environmental well-being of students, staff, families and community.