2nd annual block party featured healthy fun

By Hayley M. Cook

June 2, 2014

By Hayley M. Cook


WILLIAMSON - Last Friday the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition held their second annual block party, and kids and adults alike were treated to a fun and healthy time.

It is estimated that around 200 people showed up for the event, which took place at the Williamson Farmer’s Market in Williamson. Health and Wellness Promoter Kayla Whitt says she believes everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“I believe everyone had a great time, not just the kids, but the adults as well,” she said of the event.

Several booths were open to provide health education on different topics. Among the organizations present at the event were Williamson Memorial Hospital, Williamson Health & Wellness Center, S.T.O.P. with substance abuse education, DaVita Dialysis, Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health, Medicaid/Voter’s Registration sign-ups, Williamson First Baptist Church, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition with health information and crafts by Gina Justice, Change the Future West Virginia with health education information, a face-painting station run by Kelly Browning, and more.

Subway sandwiches, water, healthy juices, and fruits/veggies were among the refreshments and food available for everyone to enjoy.

Other activities included a a 30-minute Zumba session that was taught by Dawn Mills and several games set out for kids to enjoy. Children also had the option of playing with sidewalk chalk, jumping rope, and picking up free toys from many of the educational booths available. Many booths had bubbles, stickers, sunglasses, bracelets, and other items for the kids to choose from.

Door prizes were given out at 7 and 8 p.m. for anyone who visited at least 6 educational booths and received star stickers from each booth.

Ultimately, the block party was a great success and really provided a lot of information and health awareness for the area of Williamson.

The Mingo County Diabetes Coalition has another block party scheduled for July 25. For more info about the upcoming block party contact Jenny Hudson at (304) 235 3400.