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Fit meets fun at Hula Hoopla

Moving, shaking and wiggling has never been so much fun.

Hula Hoopla, the fourth annual health fair to be held at the Coupeville Elementary School will show kids – and parents, too – that getting fit doesn’t have to feel like a bore or chore.

At this free event, kids will swing the hoop around their hips raising their heart rate and improving their cardiovascular health.

Afterwards, they will have a chance to peruse the booths to learn more about living a healthy, active lifestyle.

A bookmark, which will get a sticker at each stop, will help them keep track of the places they have visited.

At one booth they will see a display of how much sugar is packed into some foods.

Kids will see the mound of sweetener that remains when the liquid is removed from a soda.

“This really blows people away,” Janie Keilwitz, event coordinator and registered nurse at Whidbey General Hospital said about the demonstration. “They have no idea.”

Attendees will also pick up important, life saving skills such as hands-only CPR.

Every child who attends the event will get his or her own hula hoop to take home. In addition, pencils, erasers, and other prizes will be distributed.

“We need to connect with children and teach them about healthy living,” Keilwitz said. “We can’t wait.”

This event is sponsored by Whidbey General Hospital and the Coupeville Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.

Supporters include the Coupeville library, the Island County Public Health Department, Oak Harbor Pediatric Dentistry, the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club, and the Coupeville High School Honor Society, among others.


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