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Hopping Into Health encourages good choices
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It’s never too early, or too late, to start yoga according to yoga instructors. Here, 6-year-old Lorelai Riggs takes part in a class for children at Three Star Mall. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

Many of today’s parents are faced with the stress of working and raising a family, and they sometimes forget to take time to live a healthy lifestyle. This means finding time to be physically active and making healthy food choices for themselves and their family. 

Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville knows this, and is supporting parents and encouraging children to strive to live a healthy life. Saturday's Hopping Into Health activity held at Three Star Mall offered many solutions to achieve this goal.  

According to experts, there are a few simple ways to improve health. Regular physical activity is important, with 60 minutes of activity recommended each day. Drink lots of water, and choose reduced fat milk and stay away from sugary fruit juices. Eat fewer snack foods and choose healthy options.

Everyone should eat more fruit and vegetables, with two servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables recommended daily. It’s common knowledge that we all need to have less screen time, and be more active. 

All these points were stressed in Hopping Into Health activities with children able to participate in a beginner yoga session from Yoga Bliss instructor Holly Sizemore. 

“Yoga is great for kids because it helps the whole body,” said Sizemore. “It helps us relax, be grateful for our body and just to be aware. We emphasize it doesn’t matter your size or age, anyone can benefit from yoga.”  

Officers from the McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff's Department conducted a car safety check, advising parents on the best way to keep their child while riding in a vehicle. In some cases, they had replacement seats available on site. Representatives from McMinnville Fire Department shared fire safety tips and handed out fire prevention workbooks designed for children. 

Fun games were available for attendees, along with a scavenger hunt and door prizes with an active theme. Junior Auxiliary members shared healthy tangerine snacks and bottles of water with the children. 

They could also get their faced painted with a lovely design, participate in a hula hoop contest, or visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency trailer. A lovely Matilda Jane Fashion Show closed out the day, with spring fashions the focus. 

Hopping Into Health was chaired by JA members Amanda Collier and Becky Collier.

“We are really happy with the event, the turnout and the participation from the community,” said Amanda. “Our service events are what we do, and Hopping Into Health has become an amazing activity where we can actually help people on a real level.”