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Challenge Day promotes healthy living


Christopher Andersson

Chloe Bernstein practices on PA Fitness' rowing elliptical during Marysville's Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 3.

Local kids climbed, ran or jumped while parents learned about healthy opportunities in their community during this year's Healthy Communities Challenge Day.

The annual event from the City of Marysville and other organizations around the county brings together numerous health organizations.

This year's event was on June 3 at Allen Creek Elementary School.

The city organizes the event so that local families have a chance to learn about the different health-related organizations and their services.

"All the vendors provide some sort of free activity, and people really take time to get to know the vendors and know each other," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the City of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

"I love to see the families out here and taking part, and as a family, getting involved in what's going on," she said.

Local parents said they enjoyed how many different organizations were at the event.

"I like all the different vendors," said local parent Shelly Bernstein.

"I think it's great," she said, adding she enjoyed the bingo game meant to encourage kids to hunt down different activities throughout the event.

"This is great. There's a lot of booths and a lot of stuff going on," said local parent Andy Ide.

"There's a large variety of booths and it seems like everyone is well prepared to handle kids," he said.

This year there was a total of 88 vendors, more than the event has ever had.

"It's great to have so many organizations out here, taking part in the event and sharing with the community what they do," said Kingsford.

This is the ninth year the Healthy Communities Challenge Day has been offered.

"Over the nine years we've really watched it grow and change," said Kingsford. "Every year we get to bring in new things and have new organizations join us."

Kingsford said that kids and parents have enjoyed the event throughout the years.

"The kids love all the activities and that they walk away with a handful of goodies. They just love being outside and busy and having fun with their families," she said.

The parents like a free activity to kick off the summer for their families.

"They like getting to know the vendors, too. Lots of times when people come to the event they'll be introduced to and meet organizations they didn't know were here in Marysville, so it's a great way for them to connect and find more family opportunities," she said.

The event is 100 percent sponsor supported, said Kingsford, and she wanted to thank all the sponsors who help make the event happen.

Those organizations include 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.


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