Turner Ivany, Gabriola Elementary School Grade 1 student, runs through part of the obstacle course during Healthamongus activities Thursday morning at Merle Logan Field in Beban Park. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Healthamongus has kept school kids active this week in Nanaimo

Thousands of elementary school children participate in games promoting health and exercise

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.

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Audree Henry, Grade 1 Chase River Elementary School student, spins a hula hoop Thursday morning as part of a Healthamongus relay race at Merle Logan Field in Beban Park. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Owen Jeffs, of Mountain View Elementary School, left, tries to get control of the ball from Henderson McPhee and Bryce Aske of Cilaire Elementary School and Ava Fries during a game of crazy soccer Thursday morning during Healthamongus activities at Merle Logan Field in Beban Park CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

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