The 14th and last Family Fun Night of the school year took place at the Atlantis Charter School on June 8, 2017. Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomed eighty parents and children to participate in a program that engages them in some healthy movement 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 with Chef Jessica Williams of Creating Healthy Solutions and one on moving to music with Fitness Leader Mike Ramos. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of a dozen agencies including BMC HealthNet Plan, Children's Advocacy Center, DCF Foster Parenting, Early Childhood/Family Community Engagement, CFC Head Start, Fall River Women's Center, HealthFirst Dental Program, New York Life Insurance, People Incorporated, Saint Anne's Hospital, Stanley Street Treatment and Resources , WIC, and Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Sugar-Free Challenge. Click here for a 27-minute video of the event. Click here for a previous event held at the Macomber Primary School. For more information, contact School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard at 774-319-0107.

(Top row) Parent Partner Coordinator Melissa St. Pierre signs in second grader Sydney Vanasse and her parents, Pete and Stephanie Vanasse before Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomes the audience and explains the evening events before sending them on their way to three different stations. (Row two) Chef Jessica Williams of Creating Healthy Solutions talks about the importance of including healthy fats in one's diet along with reducing processed foods. (Rows three through five) Fitness Leader Mike Ramos gets parents and children moving to music in several fun exercises. (Row six) Linda Hennessey of the HealthFirst Dental Program talks with students and parents while DCF Foster Parenting and WIC also describe their programs. (Row seven) Parents and children talk with Stephanie Joyal of the Children's Advocacy Center and  Partners Outreach Manager Jack Shipley about problems with sugar sweetened beverages and the benefits whole milk. (Bottom row) Marcia Picard works with Physical Education Teacher Jon Taradash and Nurse Chris Biener to give bags of groceries as door prizes to two of the ten winning ticket holders, Nalani Roach and Trevor deGagne, at the end of the program.

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