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Healthy Communities Challenge Day returns to Marysville on June 2


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The climbing rock wall is one of the many popular activities that will be available at the June 2 Healthy Communities challenge Day.

Marysville families can come out to learn about healthy activities and support from local organizations as part of the annual free Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 2.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Allen Creek Elementary School field at 6505 60th Dr. NE, Marysville.

The event is put on by the Marysville Together Coalition and the City of Marysville.

More than 70 vendors are scheduled to come out to provide activities and information at the event.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for Marysville organizations that promote healthy living to connect with local families," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

"Health" in this case can mean a variety of things, from physical activities, eating well, community support organizations and mental health organizations, said Kingsford.

Families can learn about the opportunities available around them.

"People get to make good connections," said Kingsford.

The event is held at the start of summer for families to get some ideas for the break.

"It's also a good way to kick off the summer for a lot of families," said Kingsford. "A lot of these organizations are offering programs throughout the summer, so it's a good way to stay active."

All the organizations provide activities for the kids to participate in as well.

"All of the organizations provide a free activity for the event and that is always a lot of fun," said Kingsford.

"Families like the free aspect, coming out and participating in the activities and having a lot of fun," she said.

This year vendors are planning activities that include obstacle courses, planting, a rowing demonstration, a golf putting green, a garden starter kit and a five-minute free massage.

"The climbing rock wall is coming back and that is always pretty popular," said Kingsford.

At the events stage there will also be a variety of different presentations, including from Spark Hot Yoga, Rising Stars Gymnastics, Kung Fu 4 Kids, the YMCA and the Snohomish County Music Project.

The primary sponsors for the event are the Everett Clinic, the YMCA, the Marysville School District, the City of Marysville and the Marysville Together Coalition.

"The Everett Clinic has been our headline sponsor for a number of years now and we appreciate their support," said Kingsford.

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