CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – More than 1,600 students from schools in Franklin County and Shippensburg learned the importance of developing health habits at this year’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 event organizer.
“It’s important that we give children the tools they need to develop and maintain healthy habits so they grow up to be healthy adults,” Fickel said.
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.
Based on the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, nutrition and mental health are two of the top priorities for Franklin County.
Students learned about these topics by completing activities such as making half their plate fruits and vegetables, or developing a positive identity by learning how rewarding it is to express kindness and appreciation rather than anger.
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.
“So many wonderful people put a lot of time and effort into this event to make sure the children are getting the most out of their time here,” Fickel said.
This is the 11th year that Susquehanna Bank has co-sponsored the event.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Summit Health in support of Children’s Wellness Days,” said Joe Zmitrovich, senior vice president and commercial relationship executive at Susquehanna Bank.
“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.”
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.