More than 1,500 area third graders recently took part in Children's Wellness Days, which was co-sponsored by Summit Health and BB&T Bank. Pictured, left to right, are Ayden Foust, Keegan Reed, Aubrey Righter, BB&T Market Leader Deb Scalia, Summit Health Community Health Coordinator Nickie Fickel, BB&T Market President Raymond Cullen, Hailey St. Clair, Audrey Brown, and Chase Aumick.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – More than 1,500 students from Franklin and Cumberland counties earlier this month gained good health habits at this year’s Children’s Wellness Days.

Held each May, Children’s Wellness Days is designed to engage area third graders in learning basic health and wellness concepts through fun, hands-on activities.

Some of the lessons children learned this year included the dangers of using tobacco; the importance of being kind with others; and the benefits of good nutrition.

“If we teach good health habits to children starting at a young age and those messages are reinforced over time, children are more likely to grow into healthy adults,” explained Nickie Fickel, community health coordinator with Summit Health.

The Children’s Wellness Days is held annually with volunteer support from Summit Health employees, hospital volunteers, community members and community agencies.

“We’re grateful for our volunteers who are always willing to put so much time and effort into making this initiative successful,” said Fickel.

BB&T Bank co-sponsored the event for the 13th year, contributing $5,000 to help fund the educational day.

“BB&T is invested in helping our community,” said Market President Raymond Cullen. “We appreciate our partnership with Summit Health as we work to help make our community and its children healthier.”

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.