Nursing department holds health awareness event

Posted on: April 16, 2012

Saturday, April 14, the Tennessee Wesleyan College Fort Sanders Nursing Department focused its efforts on addressing childhood obesity, holding its first "Fit-N-Fun" event.

Saturday, April 14, the Tennessee Wesleyan College Fort Sanders Nursing Department focused its efforts on addressing childhood obesity, holding its first “Fit-N-Fun” event. Tailored to meet the needs of local Knoxville children, “Fit-N-Fun” included fun physical activities such as inflatables, trampolines and a walking course that challenged children with various exercises.

“This event truly came out of the hearts and minds of the nursing students,” said Penny Neal, TWC assistant professor of nursing. “Our students just have an amazing heart for service and we’re really devoted to this project and increasing awareness of health as well as just providing a nice free family activity for the populations in the greater Knoxville area.”

Held at Pellisippi State Community College and sponsored by companies and organizations ranging from EarthFare to Covenant Health, the main goal of "Fit-N-Fun” was to serve children from pre-school to middle school by increasing awareness of a child’s need for 60 minutes of play every day.

“We realized the growing obesity epidemic in our childhood population in our community,” said Lauren Hobson, TWC nursing student. “We wanted to provide awareness and a healthy environment for kids to come out and get some physical activity and to learn about making healthy choices.”

While planning the event, the students took into consideration what activities children would both enjoy and break a sweat participating in.

“We really channeled our inner child,” said Hobson. “We thought of things that would be fun for us that would also get our heart rate up and provide us with a physical activity. This event incorporated field day events, gymnastics, Zumba and all kinds of activities that would be fun for a child.”

In the midst of face-painting and gymnastics, “Fit-N-Fun” attendees Lucy and Macy told their parents they couldn’t wait to come back next year.

“It’s fun and we’re exercising,” said Macy. “It’s good for us.”

For more information on the TWC’s nursing department, visit twcnet.edu. An open house for the program will be held at the Knoxville campus on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.