Family Day in Sun Prairie teachs kids about healthy choices

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Saturday, March 1, 2014 --- 6:15 p.m.

A study published last Tuesday showed that obesity in kids between two and five has actually gone down over the past decade.

The third annual Family Day at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie is aimed at keeping that trend growing.

"It's all around health and wellness, that is our theme," said Ryan Ruggles, the school principal.

The school was open to elementary aged kids and their families, and included many different activities from face painting to bouncy castles.

"All kinds of games and crafts -- you name it!," Ruggles explained.

It also had educational booths about healthy choices and wellness, and there were healthy food options for kids to refresh with.

"We're trying to brand kids not only to make healthy choices, but to make active choices as well," Ruggles added.

The event is staffed by volunteers; some professionals, others students.

Nathan Smith is a freshman in high school and a volunteer with DECA, an educational organization.

"I just love to kind of see the kids laugh and smile," he said. He also said he thinks wellness is important to the kids' future.

The day is about combining fun with education about healthy choices and physical activity to keep kids fit.

Annette Mattila is another volunteer, and also a freshman in high school.

"It's very important to teach them to just be healthy throughout their life and have a healthy lifestyle," she said.

She also explained that sense of community is important, too.

Principal Ruggles agrees. "We just want to build that community feeling here in Sun Prairie and just have good opportunities for our students," he said.

He also added that there were far more people there than he anticipated.

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