The Mineral County Health Department hosted a health and safety day for 350 elementary students on May 11, 2016 in Alberton. The students kicked off the day by running a one mile fun run or competitive 5K. After the run, students were served a healthy picnic and then divided into age level groups to travel through health and safety lectures and activities presented by seventeen local professionals that volunteered their time and energy to Mineral County Youth.
Students found themselves rethinking drink choices, looking at lungs and teeth damaged by tobacco, dancing and shaking their way through Oula classes, gearing up and preparing for safety on the river, learning how to safely cross tracks and be around trains, exploring games that are fun but keep you fit, stretching and relaxing through yoga poses, learning to ride bikes safely, finding their voice against bullying, taking a hike on the hillside to enjoy nature, brushing teeth and selecting good food for healthy smiles, imitating animals for movement and fun, crawling to escape a burning building, receiving fire prevention information and, of course, checking out all of the cool fire engines and ambulance that came to assist with the event.
Older elementary students learned about how to protect themselves on the internet, reporting inappropriate or bullying activities online, played substance abuse bingo and talked about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
The health department initiated this event 11 years ago with 5th and 6th graders running a county-wide 5K as a way to encourage increased physical activity. Since that time, with the help of many community partners, the event has continued to grow every year. The goal of the day is to have fun while being physically active as well as gain knowledge to keep yourself safe and healthy in your community.