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Cortasha Begay watches as McKayden Achin spins the wheel to win a prize from Salt River Financial Services Institution.

Wellness Family Fun Night and Health Fair Promotes Healthy Living

By Jennifer Hernandez
Au-Authm Action News

As Family Fun Night and Health Fair got underway at the Salt River Community building on March 15 the room was lively with booths from various departments as well as a Zumba fitness class taking place near the stage.

At one point during the Zumba fitness 18 people were taking part in the physical dance moves and taking part in a unique style of cardio. Zumba was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The theme of this year’s event was Moving Towards a Healthier Community and featured health information and even a visit by players from the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies players took photos saying no to cigarettes, helping youth to remember staying away from cigarette smokes helps keep people of all ages healthy.

Several prizes were won through a raffle drawing, including the grand prize winner Jamie Shurz who won the Pendelton Blanket. The following departments donated raffle items: PIMC, HHS, WIC, ECEC, Debbie Manuel, Salt River Fire Department, Youth Services and Melva Z.

Information booths were educational for youth and all families who attended the event collecting pamphlets from several booths. SRFSI gave prizes to youth who spun their prize wheel. They shared facts about savings and other services offered through SRFSI. A presentation on the pyramid groups of food was on display and many Community children were reading to find out where their favorite food fit into the pyramid.

“Community families enjoyed a healthy dinner and raffle prizes donated by various Salt River programs,” MaryLynn Marshburn, DHHS health educator and organizer of the event said.

Jason Seepie was encouraging Community members to take part in the Zumba class and several youth were on the floor and participating in Zumba for the first time.

Health and Wellness Week began with a Noon Fitness Walk from 12-1 p.m. Participants met outside of the Salt River Fitness Center and was sponsored by the HHS Disease Prevention Program. The Bench Press Competition was open to participants 16 and older at the Salt River Fitness Center.

MaryLynn Marshburn DHHS Health Educator and organizer of the event contributed to this article.

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