Water relay

Students participate in water relay.

Maria Perry

Banning Unified School District’s Nutrition Services and Riverside University Health System teamed up to provide a serving of good food and fun on June 15.

These organizations held a water relay along with providing children with meals.

Reanna Liversage, the district’s student and community wellness coordinator, said that they usually provide free meals to students every year, but this is the first time they combined meal distribution with physical activity.

Simultaneously, they sponsored an education and nutrition learning activity at Cabazon Park.

Liversage hopes it will promote healthy school meals, provide nutritional information, and encourage parent engagement and participation.

Banning’s Nutrition Services has been doing assorted activities to help encourage parents and kids to eat and live better, sponsoring activities through the beginning of August, once a week at two different parks usually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m.

The meet-ups take place at five parks in Banning: Sylvan, Repplier, Cabazon, Roosevelt Williams, and Lions.

Along with providing an outlet to practice healthy choices and get involved in exercise, the water relay gave kids a way to have fun.

In the water relay, each kid held a cup filled with water, with the goal being to get it to the end of an obstacle course, which had three hula hoops and cones, as full as possible and dump it in the bucket on the opposite side.

Liversage and volunteers from Riverside University Health System, Vanessa Martinez and Maria Marquez, joined in on a team relay with three people on each side. They would frequently cheer the kids on and pump them up by asking who would win.

Some children shared their happiness and expressed why the relay was so much fun.

Kaliah Naime said she liked the water relay because of the play and food. She added that her favorite part about the water relay was “going in the swimming pool” and her favorite part of lunch was the apple.

Parents and guardians also enjoyed the water relay and free meals.

Paula Naime said that she liked the water relay because all the kids can have something to eat and have some fresh air. Deana Beaver said she liked it because it gives the kids an opportunity to get out and have some exercise.

For more information on free meals and other activities, visit http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com or call (951) 922-0217.

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