Healthy Heart event brings out kids in St. Albans

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) St. Albans Elementary school was transformed into hub for healthy lifestyles Saturday. The school had rooms full of games, educational information, and healthy snacks. The free event encouraged parents to get their kids moving at a young age.

“I just know physical activity is so important in the development of kids. This really allows my son to have interactions with other kids his age,” said Dylan Newton of St. Albans who brought his two year old to the Healthy Heart event.

The teacher says being healthy at an early age is important. “I think this is something that should happen more often but you it’s know it’s good to interact with other parents,” said Newton.

The event was organized by the Northwestern Medical Center. Officials there say this region of Vermont has the highest rates of obesity in the state. Events like this are designed to prevent chronic conditions like obesity and heart disease.

“We want people to really understand that there are simple things that you can do to live your life a little bit healthier,” said Jill Berry Bowen of the Northwestern Medical Center.

Governor Phil Scott got in on the action too by participating in several games and events. He says more healthy Vermonters can reduce the overall cost of health care. The governor declared February 10th, 2018 as Active Play Awareness Day.