LIMA — A large crowd turned out Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center for the Healthy Families Expo.
The event was a collaborative effort between Activate Allen County and Paramount Health Care.
“We are here today just to kick off the holidays on a healthy note for our families here in Lima Allen County,” said Kayla Monfort with Activate Allen County. “Everything is free and open to the public and we are just promoting healthy families community togetherness and a place for our residents to go and have some fun this Saturday morning.”
There were a variety of things for families to do, including visiting with Santa and petting a reindeer. There were also inflatables for the kids to play in as well as a chance to get their face painted.
“It’s actually really nice. It’s something to do. It’s an awesome enjoyment. There’s all kinds of things they can do. It’s really nice,” said Tiffany Deeble, who brought her children to the event.
The West Ohio Food Bank was there to distribute food but there was also information on promoting healthy lifestyles.
“There were healthy food demos and food samples from Bluffton University nutrition students and over 25 community vendors who are here with their resources and their knowledge to give away free goodies to our residents and also talk to them about the importance of staying healthy and how they can do that here in our community,” said Monfort.
As the holidays approach, we’ll be tempted to overindulge and may not be making the best choices when it comes to our health.
So what can we do?
“Portion control is a big one, which is a challenge for everyone,” said Josh Unterbrink with Activate Allen County. “It’s also important to be active during this time of the year. The temperature is getting a little colder and that drives a lot of us in under our blankets. We want to encourage people to get out of their homes, come to events like this, take walks, play flag football with their family over Thanksgiving and make a conscious decision to be a good role model as an adult. We need to set good examples, set a lifelong love for outdoors and recreation. We still have a lot of great parks in our community that are open year-round.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.