Family Youth Community Connections (FYCC) of Albertville and St. Michael is teaming up once again this winter with local business to promote healthy living options in the STMA-Otsego-Hanover area.
Sponsored by businesses such as Health Source Chiropractic, InFit, Allina Health and in cooperation with the St. Michael-Albertville Community Education crew, Healthy Day of Play is in its second year, and features a host of family and kid-friendly activities in the St. Michael-Albertville High School Activity Center, including games, contests and prizes.
The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m.
“We’ve kind of made an effort to make that a focus for our local families,” said FYCC head Sandra Greninger. “Most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about how they want to do better and get in shape. This takes it to that next level, and gets people in front of local people who can help them professionally.”
Last year dozens of vendors distributed information about everything from cholesterol screenings to back and neck care. Chair massages, blood pressure checks and first aid kits were all available on the scene.
The give-aways and amenities may change this year, but it’s still a chance for people to get out on a January day and focus on being healthy, Greninger said. Plus, there are plenty of activities for the kids who might need to “blow off some steam.”
Family Health Challenge
The Healthy Day of Play is also the kick-off for the 2015 Family Health Challenge.
Buffalo Hospital, FYCC, Health Source and STMA Community Ed/ECFE have teamed up to help residents get the knowledge and participate in hands-on activities to assist families in making positive lifestyle changes.
Activities are plotted out in the “Passport to Wellness,” with activities in five different categories. Emphasis will be on nutrition, fitness, education, health assessments and screenings and miscellaneous.
The list of activities is long – games, structured family social time, classes for kids and adults, nutritional education, fitness challenges and more. Registration and participation is absolutely free.
Upon completion of the minimum number of activities on the “passport,” families will be entered in a drawing for several prizes, including a Vitamix food processor, a one-month membership to the STMA Activity Center, gift baskets and gift cards.
Registration will be at the event. One family member, 18 or older, should sign up for the family. If you can’t make it to the event, InFit, HealthSource (Albertville) and FYCC will have passports AFTER the Healthy Day of Play.
Passports should be dropped off at FYCC (Main Avenue in old city hall, Albertville) by March 6, 2015. The winners will be announced at the Family Health Challenge Awards event set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at FYCC.