Delaney Ivey begins climbing the rock wall at Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 1.

Community organizations helped provide some fun for kids and healthy options for families at Marysville's Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 1.

The annual event brings a number of local organizations together in Marysville to provide health information.

"This is our 11th annual Healthy Communities Challenge Day and we're super excited to have it again this year at Allen Creek Elementary School," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator at the city of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

There are a broad range of local vendors from health options like Healthy 1st Chiropractic to nutritional eating information like Beechers Foundation.

"We started this event 11 years ago as part of the Healthy Communities project to help families connect with their community," said Kingsford.

"We want help them learn about nutritional health, physical health, mental health, recreation and support organizations. It's really about that broad sense of the word 'health,'" she said.

Many of the organizations also provide something fun for the kids to do.

"The kids love coming to this event because they love to play. They love all the different activities and being with their families," said Kingsford.

Local families appreciated having an enjoyable activity for their kids.

"I think it's just cool that everyone comes together to help entertain kids. I think more stuff like this should happen," said local parent Daniel McCoy.

"Bringing the community together for the kids is fun," he said.

"It's great so far. We've only done a few things so far but we've had a lot of fun," said local parent Beth Ivey.

Kingsford said providing a free family event for the kids is a good way to help parents connect with summer activities or other groups that can help them live healthy lives.

"We have a large number of vendors from around the community that provide healthy options and it's a great way for families to connect with those vendors to find out all about the different healthy living options in the area," she said.

The day also featured many demonstrations from local groups including the Marysville Getchell High School drumline, Kung Fu for Kids, Rising Stars Gymnastics and a water balloon activity to end the day.

The event is a collaboration between many local groups.

"The Everett Clinic has been a longtime sponsor of this event. It really makes a difference to have such incredible sponsors," said Kingsford.

Other sponsors include the city of Marysville, the YMCA, the Marysville Together Coalition, the Marysville School District and Walmart.

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