Family fun at spring health festival

Published 8:19 pm Thursday, May 30, 2013

As is usual this time of year, we have many events that vie for our time and attention – graduation and senior awards, little league soccer and summer camps, Johnnyswim at Tryon Fine Arts Center or the latest movie in downtown Tryon. One thing we certainly hope you won’t miss is a full day of events intended to help you “Spring Into A Healthy Summer!”
With a big focus on children, St. Luke’s Hospital and Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly are co-hosting a community event for the entire family this Saturday, June 1. It starts early with the opening of the Columbus Farmers Market (8 a.m.-noon) and healthy cooking demonstrations near the courthouse, and ends late with a free swim and refreshments at Gibson Pool (4-6 p.m.).
And in between (9 a.m.-noon), you and your family can enjoy the Health and Information Fair at Stearns Park in downtown Columbus. We are expecting about 30 different community services, agencies and health providers to offer fun and games, kids’ activities and health screenings, even snacks! Children can expect an up close look and hands-on fun with a bounce castle, the fire truck, an ambulance and bookmobile. We expect the kids will enjoy the dental puppet show (10:30 a.m.), the drumming circle, and the chance to practice fire safety with the Sunny View Fire Department’s smoke house!
“Spring Into A Healthy Summer!” is truly a community effort so we invite you to bring the entire family by Stearns Park Saturday morning to kick start Summer 2013. For ideas, support and information to help you get healthy, come on by the fair.
Our community event follows another, the annual Polk Relay for Life. To bring awareness and support for cancer care and research, the relay starts at 6 p.m., Friday, May 31 at Polk County Middle School.
In Polk County, we have lots of opportunities – even though they compete for our time, it will be time well spent.

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