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Challenge Day connects families to healthy options


Christopher Andersson

Ramon Jurado kicks a soccer ball at the Marysville Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 2.

Marysville kids climbed the rock wall and kicked soccer balls while learning about local healthy activities for the summer at the Healthy Communities Challenge Day. This year's event was held on June 2.

The day for local families is designed to give parents and kids information on healthy activities and local health-related organizations for the summer.

This includes physical activities, healthcare, mental health and healthy eating organizations.

"It is going really well. We have amazing vendors out this year, about 78 of them," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation department.

"It's our 10th year and we have had some vendors that have been here all 10 years," she said.

Groups like the Marysville School District, the Everett Clinic and Summit Rehabilitation have been to the Challenge Day every year, while others like Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, CrossFit of Marysville and Down to Earth Community Gardens participated in their first Challenge Day.

Local families appreciated the amount of activities and organizations available.

"I think it's fun, it's great. I like that there is a variety of things that the kids can go out and check from our community," said local parent Erin Caetor.

"It's good to bring the community together and teach people how to be healthy," said local parent Stephanie Jurado.

The event is run by the City of Marysville and the Marysville Together Coalition as a way to "kick off the summer" with healthy opportunities.

"We're so glad that we have community members that come out and are able to learn about these great organizations," said Kingsford.

"We put this on every year to really give the people who live in Marysville and the surrounding area a chance to connect with these organizations," said Kingsford. "It's really just about helping give all of us healthier options."

All of the organizations also bring activities for kids or parents to enjoy.

"I love seeing all of the activity. I love seeing adults and children playing and laughing together. I see someone right now having a massage and somebody else playing croquet and someone else bouncing on a ball," said Kingsford.

Many community members also get an opportunity to catch up with each other, said Kingsford.

Christopher Andersson

Aiden Caetor rappels down a rock climbing wall at the Marysville Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 2.

"It's also a great chance to say 'hello' to your neighbor. I've seen people that have bumped into others they don't see often but are part of their community," she said.

Kingsford wanted to thank all of the local organizations that support the event and come out to connect with the public.

"Thank you to all the sponsors and organizations who have made this part of what their organization does," she said.

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.


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