County schools set Family Fun Fitness Day Saturday at Roan Mountain

Published 8:38 am Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Looking for some fun and active things you can do with your family?
Family Fun Fitness Day might prove to be the right fit.
Each year the Carter County school system sponsors Family Fun Fitness Day as a way to encourage families to take part in physical activities. The event will be held Saturday in the amphitheater at Roan Mountain State Park.
“This is the third year we have done it,” said Beth Bare, director of the coordinated school health program for Carter County schools.
The program is funded by a grant through HEAL Appalachia, Bare said, adding this year’s event includes a change of scenery: for the past two years the event has been held at Sycamore Shoals State Park.
“This year we decided to do it in a different area of the county,” Bare said.
The fun will run from 10 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m.
There will be inflatables for the children, a health fair and lots of vendors, according to Bare. She also said there will be a health check station and car seat technicians will be on hand.
The health fair will include representatives from the Carter County Health Department, the coordinated school health program, CVS pharmacy, TENNder Care, CHIPS (Change Is Possible domestic violence shelter), Downtown Chiropractic and Northeast Community Credit Union.
“This is going to be the biggest one we’ve ever had as far as the vendors,” she said.
There will also be a door prize drawing at 12:30 p.m., Bare said, adding participants must be present to win.
“We are going to have a lot of door prizes and they all encourage physical activity,” Bare said.
In addition to the events sponsored by the school system, Bare said the staff of Roan Mountain State Park will also host special events for the day — including a creek crawl, a family-friendly hike and wildlife exhibitions. There will also be a station where participants can make their own trail mix, Bare said.
“We are hoping for good weather and a good turnout,” Bare said, adding last year’s event brought in 75 families — more than 150 people.

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