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Children's Wellness Days celebrates 15th anniversary

05/12/2014

Caption: Third grade students from Ms. Peck's class at Fayetteville Elementary were in attendance for the presentation of Susquehanna Bank's donation to Children's Wellness Days on Wednesday, May 7.

(Front: l to r) Third Graders Evan Coy, Alivia McCrady, Addison Vandegriff, Alex Pazantonino, Reese Woodal, and Steven Gormont.

(Back: l to r); Joe Zmitrovich, Susquehanna Bank Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Executive; Deb Scalia, Susquehanna Bank Branch Relationship Manager, Chambersburg Financial Center; Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager; Tim Johnston, Susquehanna Bank Market Manager, Chambersburg; and Nickie Fickel, Summit Health Manager of Community Health.

 

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - If you or your child were in the third grade in a Franklin County or Shippensburg elementary school in the last 15 years, it's likely that you participated in Summit Health's Children's Wellness Days.

This annual event for third graders is designed to promote basic health and wellness concepts in an interactive and entertaining environment, according to Nickie Fickel, community health manager for Summit Health and the event's organizer.

"We are empowering our youth by giving them the knowledge to make healthy choices now- choices that will determine their future health," Fickel said.

More than 1,600 students from schools in Franklin County and Shippensburg attended the event this year.

During each school's time at Children's Wellness Days, the students rotate through eight different "stations", including: exercise, conflict and anger management, tobacco, food and nutrition, positive identity, sun safety, fire safety and personal safety.

Held every year during the first week of May, Children's Wellness Days relies on volunteer support from Summit Health employees, hospital volunteers, community volunteers and community agencies.

"We have a lot of activities, and we want to make sure the children are getting the most out of their time here," Fickel said. "It takes a lot of help from a lot of wonderful people to make this event happen."

This is the tenth year that Susquehanna Bank has co-sponsored the event with Summit Health.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Summit Health in support of Children's Wellness Days," said Joe Zmitrovich, Susquehanna Bank Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Executive. "Not only through financial backing, but also through volunteer hours, we have supported this educational program that encourages students to make healthy life and wellness decisions."

For more information on Children's Wellness Days and other Summit Health community activities, visit www.SummitHealth.org

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