Health Fair Participants Learned about Strong FamiliesAccording to five year old Nathan Stenzel he learned to "Be a good neighbor" from Sandra McKinnon, ISU Extension and Outreach Family Life Specialist. Participants also heard
many research based suggestions to building a stronger healthier family. Top of the list are: communication, encouragement of individuals, expressing appreciation, commitment to family, religious/spiritual orientation, social connectedness, ability to adapt, clear roles, and time together.
In the afternoon the children exercised their way to health with yoga, Zumba, and boot camp activities. Super Health Hero, Susan Harris County Youth Coordinator helped the youth
understand that "natural highs" from exercise, laughter, singing and dancing are great for your body. They are also good activities to do together with your family. Fremont County Deputy Andrew Wake got into the act teaching the students the traditional "chicken dance."
Twenty-eight organizations had activity booths with everything from healthy foods, exercise safety choices, family strengths, family support services and daycare services. Other popular activities were the Gold fish races hosted by the Med Clinic, the Hamburg Boy Scouts soap box
derby car races and the Nishnabotna Cheerleader face painting.
The Children's Health fair is made possible through funding from the Community Partnership for Protecting Children's (CPPC) Neighborhood Networks. The grant is from the Fremont,
Page and Taylor Decategorization Project Area. The sponsors and planning team this year were: Kornerstone Kids Child Care Center, George C. Grape Community Hospital, Southwest Iowa Home Health, Fremont County Public Health, and ISU Extension in Fremont County.
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