Agency providers were available to parents and children for the first Family Fun Night of the school year, this time in Swansea at the Elizabeth S. Brown Elementary School on October 21, 2015. Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomed over 140 parents and children and prepared them to participate in a program that engages them in some healthy fun while learning about nutrition and a range of community resources that they can access to maintain or improve their health. Participants were offered sessions on nutrition by Rose Couto, RN, of Saint Anne's Hospital along with some laughing yoga and other games by Kim Ferrara of WiggleKids. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of sixteen agencies including the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, Children's Advocacy Center, Eastside ChiropracticFamily Service Association Community Service Agency, HealthFirst Dental Program, MA Council on Compulsive Gambling, People Incorporated, Bristol County Sheriff's Office, Southcoast Energy Challenge, Southcoast Health, WIC, and Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Soda-Free Challenge. Click here for a 25-minute video of the event. Click here for photos from the event in June. For more information, contact School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard at 774-319-0107.

(Top row) Partners Worksite Wellness Coordiantor Angela Bras checks people in at the Brown Elementary School before 

Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomes over 140 participants. twice the number as last June. (Row two) One group of families moves upstairs to join Kim Ferrara of WiggleKids for some laughing yoga. (Row three) Another group joins Rose Couto,RN, of Saint Anne's Hospital to learn about nutrition. (Row four) A third group visits tables in the resource room where people talk with Lisa Alves of WIC, Angie Bras to talk about sugar-sweetened beverages, and Rene Rodrigues of the HealthFirst Dental Program. (Row five) Kim gets the second group going with a telephone laugh. (Row six) Angie talks with Evan Raposo about sugar while Lt. Queila Raposo of the Bristol County Sheriff's Office talks with Heather Chase and Kat Kashepa of the Family Service Association Community Service Agency shows a child some magnets she can have. (Bottom Row) School Principal Elizabeth White helps Marcia Picard with the door prize drawing for bags full of healthy food.

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