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W.O.W, The Center to promote physical activity for children on ‘Longest Day of Play’ June 21

By June 17, 2011No Comments

Fun in the sun—and lots of play—is the order of the day next Tuesday as the Working on Wellness (W.O.W.) Coalition, The Center for Rural Development, and local community partners host a free community event to mark the first day of summer and promote health and increased physical activity for children.

Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to enjoy “The Longest Day of Play,” a day of family fun, demonstrations, and children’s games, on June 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the grounds surrounding SomerSplash Water Park, north of Somerset, on U.S. 27.

The event will be held on the first day of the summer season, beginning the summer solstice, in what is considered the longest day of the year.

The W.O.W. initiative, funded by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, The Center, and other community partners, seeks to educate communities in Pulaski and the surrounding Lake Cumberland region about the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle for school-age children and their families.

“This event supports W.O.W.’s mission to foster health and wellness in the community with a special focus on physical activities,” Dianna Winstead, coordinator of W.O.W. initiative for The Center, said. “Getting the children outdoors will not only provide a fun-filled day, but will help build an appreciation for a healthier lifestyle.”

“The Longest Day of Play” family event will include children’s games and demonstrations to promote physical activity, family interaction outdoors, and encourage children to engage in outdoor play.

After completing a number of activities during the event, the first 500 participants will be admitted free to the water park.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. Lunch will be provided at no cost to children; however, adults will need to provide their own lunch.

For more information about “The Longest Day of Play” or the W.O.W. initiative, contact Dianna Winstead at 606-677-6000 or via email.