The Duncan Banner

March 16, 2014

Health fair promotes activity for youths

Tyler Boydston
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Area youths stepped out Saturday morning for the Free Kids Health Fair at the Simmons Center, where they learned about health and exercise through demonstrations and booths operated by local organizations.

Community groups and businesses — all dedicated to getting children to be more physically active — came to the event to educate the children, with presentations by organizations such as Team Chip Tae Kwon Do and Xtreme Thunder, a local dance group.

Andrew May, owner of Team Chip Tae Kwon Do, led his group’s presentation.

“We’re here promoting self-defense and self-discipline,” May said.

Other groups were at the health fair despite not being able to take part in the demo portion of the program.

Girl Scouts representative Lynette Blevins said she wanted the Girl Scouts to have a presence at the event.

“Right now, the girls are all out selling cookies, but we still want to be out here and be visible,” she said.

The Stephens County Health Department taught children the importance of immunization, eating habits and being tobacco free through the use of a cardboard display.

Youth Services for Stephens County presented the mental aspect of health. The organization offers counseling services, an emergency youth shelter and substance-abuse services.

The owners of Sk8Xpress offered free passes to children in attendance.

“We’re asking for people to put down the video-game controllers and just come out and do something physical,” owner Aaron Hunt said.

Other organizations represented at the fair included Lepien Chiropractic, optometrist Brendhan M. Fritts and Duncan Regional Hospital.