The 2016 A Healthy Step with Education brought the largest turnout in the five years Health Services and the Education Department have been collaborating on the event.
Attendees enjoyed the jump house, lunch, health screenings, games, bike tours, haircuts, massages, caricature, crafts, prizes, and many more health and educational activities.
The goal of this annual event is to reach citizens with health, wellbeing, and educational information, packed into a fun day for the whole family, according to Community Health Outreach Supervisor Liz Leffler. Organizers accomplished this on an even larger scale than previously, thanks to additional departmental collaboration.
“We were able to offer more activities and services thanks to the help of various Pokagon Band Departments,” said Educational Associate Susan Doyle. “We were able to engage younger children as well as adults of all ages.”
Healthy Step includes cultural learning and activities the entire family can enjoy. The greater Dowagiac community came out with an ambulance and smoke house, offering tours of both. Education also hoped to register all eligible children for the PreK–12 program.
“I hope that this event continues to grow with participation and also with activities and services offered,” Doyle said.