OBSERVER Assistant News Editor
SILVER CREEK - Health in body and mind were emphasized at the recent Silver Creek Family Night.
Silver Creek students and their families were invited to the school to first learn about fitness and nutrition and later about the fun of learning.
OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Silver Creek Students try fruits and veggies on the “Food Wheel of Fear” at the recently held Family Night. Also pictured is Elementary School Principal Scott Rudnicki (right) and Kate Huber (left) from Healthy Schools NY.
The event began in the elementary gym, where displays, snacks and a dance floor were set up.
Traci Hopkins, Management Service Coordinator for the Healthy Community Alliance, said the event seeks to raise awareness.
"This event is for the promotion of nutrition and physical activity for students," she said. "There are four components to the collaboration - taste testing, stickers, fitness bucks and a family night. This all helps promote the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. The taste testing is to get kids to try fruits and veggies and the goal is to help increase awareness - they may like something they have never tried."
A DJ played music to promote physical activity, a "Wheel of Fear" helped encourage children to try fruits and veggies, healthy snacks of fruit and yogurt were given out and information on physical activity and eating right was distributed.
"The point is to get families out, away from the TV, be active and learn about nutrition and physical activity," Hopkins said.
Silver Creek was one of only 10 schools in Western New York to be chosen to participate in the program.
"We hope to share our message as much as we can. It is great to see so many families turn out," Hopkins added.
Administrative Intern Anthony Montoro, who also worked on the Wellness Committee to organize the event, said health has to be a focus in schools.
"The idea is we need to think of more ways to promote wellness as a school and a community. Academics needs to also focus on quality of life and health. It is very important," he said.
After the health portion of the event, students were able to go to the middle school for reading activities. Things like Dr. Seuss, poetry, quotes and Spanish were used to get students excited about reading.
Refreshments and prizes for the event were provided by the Silver Creek Teachers' Association, who collected donations and $250 from local businesses.