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Healthamongus Week gets Nanaimo students moving

3,000 children participating in sports and games that reinforce fundamental movement skills
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Jade Mooney, Grade 3 student at Seaview Elementary School, front, has Harper Daly, Grade 2 Park Avenue student close on her heels during an obstacle course race on the new artificial turf fields at Harewood Centennial Park on Wednesday, May 15, as part of Healthamongus Week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

The new artificial turf fields at Harewood Centennial Park are abuzz with activity as children swarm the fields for games and physical activity during Healthamongus Week.

The event, put on by the city and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, is back this week, May 13-17, after a four-year pause, with with soccer, relay races, tug-of-war and other activities geared toward teaching children fundamental movement skills, such as running, jumping, kicking, throwing and dribbling, noted a city press release.

More than 3,000 children from kindergarten to Grade 5 are participating with help from city parks and recreation staff, teachers and the Nanaimo NightOwls for the event.

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog said in the release that the city’s parks and rec department is happy to once again be putting on Healthamongus with SD68.

“After a four-year hiatus, the event is bigger and better than ever, taking place on the newly opened artificial turf fields…” he said. “Healthamongus is a great way to get kids active and introduce the concept that exercise can be spontaneous, fun and playful.”

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