Hundreds of children from Nanaimo’s schools have been especially active at Healthamongus this week.
The 16th annual running of the event, which is a partnership between the City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, is again being staged at Merle Logan artificial turf field in Beban Park. About 3,000 children from kindergarten to Grade 4 are learning fundamental movement skills through fun, non-competitive activities and play, such as tug-of-war, silly soccer and obstacle courses set up by volunteers.
The children also receive healthy snacks to promote the importance of developing healthy eating habits.
“We’re excited to be hosting the Healthamongus event again this year,” said Megan Lum, city recreation coordinator, in a press release. “It’s such a great way to get kids active and introduce the concept that exercise can be spontaneous, fun, and playful.”
Mayor Leonard Krog said at Monday’s council meeting that the city is happy to partner on the program.
“We’re delighted to see it happening in the city and encourage good health amongst our young people,” he said.