GREENBRIER — A special "Wellness Night" recently engaged about 350 parents and kids at Westside Elementary School, all organized by physical education teacher, Tracy Mobley.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade brought their parents out to learn about the benefits of healthy living through participation and activities together.
Stations were set up throughout the school and everyone was able to visit them all, snacking all along the way. Recipes for healthy meals were given to parents and smoothie samples from Smoothie King of Conway and Mona-Vie Health Drinks were served. Sherbets were also served in small samples from the many Snack Stations.
Upon entering, visitors were greeted in the main hallway by groups of children playing games organized by Tori Miller, owner of 24/7 Gym. A rowdy bunch of parents and kids eagerly tried to knock over and then pick up plastic cones while laughing all the time.
A station for Chinese jump rope found students jumping high, and some not so high, as they tried to master the tricky ropes held by their parents. Various youngsters tried their expertise at the three Wii Fit stations set up in another room.
The whole gymnasium was filled with kids and grownups following the Jazzercise music and directions of Sara Havens and Amy Hammett. Havens owns Jazzercise in Greenbrier and came from the Eastside Elementary school to help with this special night. Hammett teaches fourth grade and is a certified Jazzercise instructor.
For those who wanted a more quiet form of exercise and stress relief, Susie Wilcox, an instructor at the University of Central Arkansas, taught the fine points of yoga in the yoga station that was set up in the library.
Assistant principal Stephanie Newland was on hand to cheer them on and commented, "It’s great to see such a fine turnout of parents and kids for wellness night. Not only have they learned about healthy ways to play and eat, but they’ve had fun while doing it."