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Healthy Communities Challenge Day returns June 3


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Rebeca Lara, left, and Raquel Lara jump rope as part of the Marysville School District's activity at Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 4, 2016.

Healthy Communities Challenge Day will provide local families with ways to stay healthy this summer on June 3.

This is the ninth year for the annual event which brings together community organizations and others that provide free activities for children.

This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Creek Elementary School at 6506 60th Dr. NE, Marysville.

"This year's Healthy Communities Challenge Day is going to be an amazing event," said Andrea Kingsford, a recreation coordinator with the City of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

"It's a very large number of vendors and organizations that will provide free activities," she said.

There are currently 85 planned vendors for the event, more than they've had at any previous year, she said.

The Healthy Communities Challenge Day is meant to connect families with organizations that can help them.

"We want to help people try to connect with organizations that will help them lead a healthier life," said Kingsford.

"It's great way to have fun. It's a whole day of smiles and laughing and families get to learn about these healthy options at the same time," she said.

It's health-focused in the broad sense of the word "health," said Kingsford, including organizations that can provide information about nutrition, mental health, community support or elder care.

The activities vary greatly including seed planting, bean bag tosses, trivia challenges, face painting, eye glass adjustment, a climbing wall and physical challenges, such as the Marysville School District's fitness challenge course, for example, said Kingsford.

"Kids can challenge themselves to beat their own times and records, and parents can see some of the things students learn at the district about fitness," she said.

A number of different stage activities will also be held throughout the day, including demonstrations from Rising Star Gymnastics and Kung Fu 4 Kids and a morning stretch hosted by Spark Hot Yoga.

"We have our own small Healthy Communities Challenge Day version of 'The Amazing Race,' [a reality show involving a large-scale race/scavenger hunt] as well," said Kingsford.

Kingsford said that the challenge day is a fun way to get kids looking for healthy organizations for the summer.

"Families look forward to the event because it is a wonderful way to kick off the summer," she said.

"And it is a free opportunity for community members to learn new things," she said.

Kingsford wanted to thank all the sponsors who help make the event possible, including the Marysville Together Coalition, the Marysville School District, Molina Healthcare, the Living Room Coffee House, Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services, the YMCA and Jimmy John's.

"They are really critical to making this happen and we appreciate their continued support," she said.

Kingsford also wanted to thank all the people who come to the event.

"Thanks to the community for taking part in the event and the activities," she said.

For more information on the Healthy Communities Challenge Day, go to the city's website at


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