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Health week geared toward helping families

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on September 19, 2010 1:50 AM

A community event designed to get families healthier will be held in Goldsboro next month.

"Family Health Week" will feature an array of activities for all ages Oct. 3-9.

Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Alliance of Wayne County, a grassroots collaboration of community partners, businesses and public agencies, the week will kick off with area churches getting out the message.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the faith community has been invited to target morning sermons around the theme, "Your Body is a Temple."

Then, throughout the week, efforts will demonstrate how fun, easy and affordable it can be to incorporate healthy habits.

It can be as simple as turning on the radio and dancing to a favorite song -- local radio stations FM 97.7 and AM 1150 will play the cha-cha slide each day that week at 12:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Berkeley Mall will host a mini-health fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. From 6-8 p.m., youths are invited to a session called "Real Time with Real Teens" at the YMCA.

A variety of fresh produce will be available at the mini mobile farmers market on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The market, at Herman and Pou streets, will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

That evening and also Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m., there will be free showings of the film "To Save a Life," which deals with preventing teen suicide. Reservations are requested by calling 778-8557.

A healthy cooking demonstration is also scheduled Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at WAGES on Royall Avenue.

Another mobile farmers market is planned for Thursday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the cafeteria patio at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Culminating the week will be a kids fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Berkeley Mall.

This is the first time for the community event, says one of the organizers, Kriquette Davis of the Family YMCA, familiar with a similar one that has been successfully held for several years in Tennessee.

"We're starting off slow and building from there," she said.