By Tia Graham
Meridian Times staff writer
OKEMOS—Children’s fitness awareness came to Meridian Mall with the third annual WE Kids Health Wellness and Fitness Expo.
Nadia Sellers, CEO of Okemos Modeling and Talent, has put this event on for three years to spread awareness and to help fight childhood obesity.
“This event is really about awareness, Sellers said. Childhood obesity is on the rise and we want to people to pay attention to not only their health but also their children’s health.”
“I have two kids and I found myself trying to accommodate their eating habits and I looked up and one of my sons had gained quite a bit of weight,” Sellers said.
“I talked to one of my co-workers and thought it would be great to put on a health fair for kids,”Sellers said.
“Its all about kids, we have a kids center for kids from 1 to 4 where they have access to play basketball, Sellers said.
Sellers said, “We have a basketball court set up, football center set up, tennis set up, baseball set up and pretty much have all the activities that can get the family moving, some for families and some for just kids.”
Kirsten Johnson, Meijer dietitian and healthy living advisor, was present at the Wellness and Health Expo to spread the word about Meijer and healthy living.
Johnson said, “I’m spreading the word on all the healthy resources that Meijer has. Not only do we have food of course but we have fitness equipment and we also have a lot of pharmacy related things.” Ofcourse you have to wash clothes, you may want to check out how to wash workout clothes.
According to Johnson just getting the kids involved and making it fun to go shopping with mom and dad at Meijer is a very important key.
Carrie Crandall, registered dietitian for Sparrow Hospital, also present said that she wants to spread the word to parents about their health and their children’s health.
Crandall said that her goals for the fitness expo were to education parents about decreasing obesity and to improve healthy food choices and to get kids moving a little more.
“Small changes over time can make a huge difference, increase fruits and vegetables and obviously get active with them, be a role model,” Crandall said.