September 17, 2005
Today dozens from the community participated in the Boys and Girls Club's first annual "Children's Health and Fitness Fair."
The overall mission of Saturday's health fair was to encourage kids of all ages as well as their parents to live healthy lifestyles.
Dozens of local parents brought their kids to the Boys and Girls Club on Cherry Avenue to take advantage of free screenings and medical advice.
The event, sponsored by the University of Virginia's Children's Hospital, provided several services, including asthma and scoliosis screenings as well as blood pressure checks and sports physicals.
Officials involved said the event was a rewarding experience for everyone.
"The reward is when you see a child come through and they're smiling and learning something new about health, they're learning something new about nutrition, and they're having a great time," says Timothy Sinatra, the Boys and Girls Club Executive Director.
Organizers believe their first annual health fair went extremely well, and they're looking to make it bigger and better in the future.