For the 12th year, BB&T Bank provided funding for Children's Wellness Days. Deb Scalia and Joe Zmitrovich of BB&T Bank are pictured with Community Health Manager Nickie Fickel of Summit Health, back row, center, and third graders from Mr. McFarland's class at Summitview Elementary School in Waynesboro.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – More than 1,400 students from Franklin and Cumberland counties during the first week of May were schooled on the importance of developing healthy habits at this year’s Children’s Wellness Days.

The annual event for third graders is designed to engage students in learning basic health and wellness concepts through fun, hands-on activities, according to Nickie Fickel, event organizer and community health manager at Summit Health.

“It’s important to teach habits for good health at a young age so children can develop them and grow up to be healthy adults,” she said.

During each school’s time at Children’s Wellness Days, the students rotated through seven different stations, including kindness, positive identity, tobacco, exercise, nutrition, gun safety and fire safety.

Some of the life lessons children learned included the importance of being kind with others and ways to fill others’ “buckets” with kindness; how to say “no” to tobacco; and what to do if there is a fire in your home.

Held each year in May, Children’s Wellness Days relies on volunteer support from Summit Health employees, hospital volunteers, community members and community agencies.

“We’re fortunate to have so many people who are willing to put a lot of time and effort into this event to make sure the children learn these very important messages while still having fun,” Fickel said.

This is the 12th year BB&T co-sponsored the event.

“We’re happy to continue our partnership with Summit Health in support of Children’s Wellness Days,” said Joe Zmitrovich, market president and senior vice president of BB&T. “We’re invested in offering financial backing for this event because it is imperative the children of our community learn to make good health and wellness choices.”