Hundreds of preschoolers and their families came out for a morning of fun and physical fitness at the 2nd Let’s Move Together Head Start Olympics. The event was moved from the football field to the gym at Lincoln High School because of the weather, but the grey clouds did not stop Head Start kids, parents, and volunteers from singing, dancing, and enjoying a hours of entertainment and physical activities.
The event began with the Parade of Nations as the children marched into the gym holding various country flags, art projects they created at their Head Start sites. They received some motivation from retired San Diego Chargers player Nick Hardwick, before singing and dancing along with Charles Wilson, a NHA Head Start Parent Involvement Aide.
Children and families took a break for a healthy snack, before heading back to the gym for another round of activities. All around the gym, preschoolers and their families could be found crawling through tubes, hopping over colored cones, catching and throwing balls, playing jump rope, and doing jumping jacks. Children also played drums with drummer, Cheo, made art at a crafts table provided by Lakeshore, and even practiced yoga with YogaOne.
The little ones weren’t the only ones to join in on the fun! Seniors from NHA’s Senior Service Center set up their own fitness station and practiced exercises they use during their group classes at the center during the week.
With over 500 children and families at the event, NHA Head Start considers the 2nd Let’s Move Together Head Start Olympics a huge success! We look forward to more fun and physical fitness in the future, and remain committed to fighting childhood obesity and building strong, healthy families.