Communities in Schools put on a health fair at Carver High School for 50 students this past Wednesday afternoon. The health fair lasted 2 hours and showcased cyclist, Teddy Herrera, who is currently on a 22,000-mile tour to increase awareness of childhood obesity and encourage kids to get up and get moving. The health fair kicked off with Teddy’s inspiring speech about dreaming big and setting goals.
Afterward, kids separated into groups and rotated between stations, where they visited with four different organizations. First stop was with Chef Lance Franklin, who taught the kids that eating healthy is the best way to eat. He cooked up a tasty shrimp pasta, which all the kids enjoyed! The kids then moved down with health educators from the Becoming a Responsible Teen program to do the STD/HIV Handshake. This engaging activity increases awareness of how quickly HIV and other STDs can be spread. Next, the kids moved to the Kids Walk Coalition table. At this table, they piggybacked on Teddy’s speech and encouraged kids to increase their physical activity by walking or biking to school. Last stop was a visit with the Dancing Man 504. The Dancing Man’s goal is to teach kids their culture and how to second line, which he describes, as a much needed outlet for creativity and expression.