Highway to Health Fairs Across the US
Last month several schools held their Highway to Health Fairs. Tucson High Magnet School in Arizona with coordinator Chantel Pilon, Thomas McKean High School in Delaware with coordinator Morgan Dorsey, Ada High School in Oklahoma with coordinator Cady Merchant, and Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, California with coordinator Saul Jimenez, had wonderful turnouts to their events.
The Highway to Health festivals take place at every high school where the HealthCorps curriculum is taught. The festival showcases neighborhood health resources, and has an array of booths providing nutrition, fitness, wellness and mental health information. Many of the booths are manned by students. The festivals promote the benefits of embracing a healthy lifestyle, while empowering students to promote the lessons they are learning. The Highway to Health festivals allow attendees a free health and wellness experience, thanks to the help of partner organization participation.
Typical presentations include: live entertainment, fitness demonstrations and competitions, cooking demonstrations, nutrition lessons and healthy food tasting, sample giveaways. There are also a variety of health screenings including cholesterol, HIV rapid testing, asthma and blood pressure screenings, dental and visual exams.
This year’s Roosevelt High School event included: Rethink your Drink, Plant your Own Seed, Super Putter, DUI 101, Hydration Station, Yoga and CrossFit, a make-your-own trail mix station, obesity prevention information station, and two delicious food stations that offered healthy smoothies and fruit kabobs.