Overton Elementary PTA hosts healthy heart family night

  • Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:12 a.m.
‘That’s weird,’ said Blake Barrier, 7, a second-grader at Overton Elementary, who was listening to his heartbeat for the first time during the school’s Healthy Heart Family Night. Susan Thomas, a school nurse, assisted him.
‘That’s weird,’ said Blake Barrier, 7, a second-grader at Overton Elementary, who was listening to his heartbeat for the first time during the school’s Healthy Heart Family Night. Susan Thomas, a school nurse, assisted him.

SALISBURY — Getting healthy is a family affair.

That was the message at Overton Elementary School’s Healthy Heart Family Night on Feb. 28, when several local organizations came together with students, parents and teachers to focus on how families can be more healthy together.


“The overall goal was to have parents come out with their children and exercise together and learn about forming healthy habits,” said event coordinator Leah Ann Honeycutt. “If they don’t have healthy habits as parents then their children won’t have healthy habits either.”

There were 23 stations, featuring 20 organizations from throughout the community, that families would visit to learn about various aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Some activities focused on exercise, such as Tae Kwon Do demonstrations by Tola Rose and yoga instruction from The Forum’s Steve Safrit.

Several Catawba College football players and athletic trainers were on hand as well to talk to children about why healthy habits are important to start at a young age.

“Just getting outside to play around can help keep them in shape and keep them active,” said Chase Kellum, a wide receiver for Catawba and a native of Winston-Salem.

“We know how much hard work it takes to get to the point where we are,” said Kellum, stressing the role physical fitness plays in helping one achieve personal goals. “We want to show them how important it is to start early.”

Other stations at the event focused on healthy lifestyle choices. For instance, Cress Goodnight, lead therapist for Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and part of the YMCA’s Fit for Motion program, demonstrated the oral damage from chewing tobacco using a special mannequin called, “dip lip.” It was easy for the children to get the message when Goodnight would open up the mannequin’s mouth to show them the disease inside.

A healthy meal was provided thanks to sponsorship from F&M Bank and Healthcare Management Consultants, Inc./Dental CFO. Moreover, fruit trays were donated by Chick-fil-A, Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Sam’s Club. Olive Garden provided salad and Cheerwine donated bottled water.

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