Niswonger Children’s Hospital event to highlight healthy lifestyles for kids
Registration still open for Kids’ Run in conjunction with Bluegrass Half Marathon
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A big dose of fun is the prescription of the day for Niswonger Family Activity Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center. The third-annual event hosted by Niswonger Children’s Hospital is designed to show families fun and easy ways to incorporate healthy choices into everyday activities.
Children who complete a scavenger hunt during the event will receive a prize and will be entered to win one of two Sony Playstation game consoles and other door prizes. ETSU’s Fit Kids program will organize games at a series of activity stations, and the Washington County Health Department will conduct free health screenings for kids. Other activities include face painting, inflatables, and demonstrations from local dance, gymnastics, yoga and fitness experts. All activities are geared toward kids, and all are free.
Kohl’s Kids on the Move, sponsored by Kohl’s Cares®, will offer a mini jump rope clinic at the event. Kohl’s Cares® is a financial supporter of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, having donated more than $266,000 since 2005 through sales of books and stuffed animals in the Kohl’s Cares® displays at store registers in Kingsport and Johnson City.
The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Kids’ Run will also be held on Saturday, beginning at University School at 10 a.m. and ending at the athletic center. The 1.1 mile run is held in conjunction with the Bluegrass Half Marathon, set for Sunday, Sept. 23, and is sponsored by Earth Fare, Wallabies and the City of Johnson City’s Up and At ‘Em program. Registration for the Kids’ Run is open until race day, and T-shirts, running bibs and participation medals will be available while supplies last. To register or find more information on the run, visit www.msha.com/kidsrun.