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Cabin Fever Reliever nights provide reason to leave house
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Pictured during a Cabin Fever Reliever event held at the auxiliary gym are, from left, Erin Sullivan, Kelsi Kirby, Kenlee Thompson, Samantha Harris, Gracey Gosting, and Emily Cronin.

Winter weather makes it less desirable for enjoying the great outdoors.

Prolonged periods of being cooped up with energetic youngsters can be cause for a diagnosis of Cabin Fever. Symptoms could include boredom, irritability, and sluggishness. The prescribed treatment is movement, activity, and fun.

Healthier Van Buren is coordinating Cabin Fever Reliever nights to get people out of the house during prolonged inclement conditions. Events are open to all Van Buren County residents as a way to get, get some exercise, interact with neighbors, and possibly meet someone new.

Events are held at the auxiliary gym in Spencer, and are a few hours of just plain energy expenditure. Kids of all ages have a variety of options at events. Basketball, cornhole, jump rope, and baseball are just a few ways to participate.

This is a multi-generational opportunity for everyone. While the youngest may choose to participate in the high-energy options, parents and grandparents are also able to be part of the night. It is a chance to catch up with neighbors in conversation.

The mission of the Healthier Van Buren organization is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. A number of local organizations are represented to assist in this venture. 

More events are planned throughout the year to promote fun and fitness for the community. For notifications, follow the Healthier Van Buren group on Facebook.