Back to School Events
“Back to School” events are a great way to engage parents and families in school wellness and promote healthy habits at home.Read More
Hosting a health and wellness fair at school is a great way to share information with students, staff, families and the community about healthy eating, physical activity, health services, and other local health and wellness resources. Plus, it’s an opportunity to build relationships with local businesses and community organizations, who may be able to provide ongoing support to your school health initiatives.
Before the fair, consider the following logistics:
Encourage faculty and staff to attend the fair. It’s an opportunity to show support for the school and demonstrate a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Promote, promote, promote! Consider all possible communicate avenues.
Engage students as wellness ambassadors who can support the fair by going classroom to classroom the week prior to encourage attendance and welcoming people when they arrive.
Offer raffles, prizes or incentives to encourage students and parents to attend and participate during the fair.
Encourage participants to attend all booths through a scavenger hunt (where participants ask organizations questions) or “passport” (where organizations provide stickers to participants who visit their booth).
Depending on available funding, consider turning the health fair into a healthy carnival event with possible games and events may include inflatable rides, parachute launch, petting zoo, fish pond, corn hole, pony rides, target throws, water balloon toss, tug-of-war, obstacle course, sack races, face painting, relay races, fitness demonstrations, basketball knockout competitions, bike driving course, etc.
Be flexible. Most likely, changes will occur last minute. Understand that changes will happen, so be proactive to anticipate changes.
Give thanks: After the health fair, send a personalized thank you note to the volunteers, organizations and staff members who supported the event. It can be a lot of work to put on a successful health fair, so this is key to expressing gratitude and sustaining their support in future years.
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