Gardens Elementary School 's cafetorium exploded with energy and excitement on Wednesday night as parents, students and staff members joined in the fun of Family Health and Fitness Night.
More than 450 parents enjoyed a variety of activities that included a Fun Run, Wii dancing, line-dancing, hoola-hoops and jump-roping. Vendors in attendance included East Harris County Midwives Association, Shared Resources Credit Union, Juice Plus, Vision Eye Care and Pasadena YMCA.
Parents were given complimentary vision screenings, tips on managing finances, and assistance with Medicaid, Medicare and CHIPS paperwork.
"As part of the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children's Health) committee's initiative, the goal is to tie physical fitness, health and nutrition into having fun," Gardens Assistant Principal Vickie Lenio said.
Volunteers from Jackson and Park View intermediate school --along with Pasadena, Sam Rayburn, and Memorial high schools -- helped make the night a success. Wal- Mart provided jump ropes, footballs, basketballs and gift cards as door prizes. Parents were eligible to win prizes once they completed activities. Event photos follow.