Raleigh and Cary Parks and Rec Put Healthy Fun into Easter Egg Hunts
When the Easter bunny comes to Wake County this year, he’ll bring some fun that’s a bit healthier than in past years. This year, the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will include fun treats instead of candy at its 10 egg hunts on March 23. Egg hunters will find everything from stickers, bubbles, and crayons to pretzels and Pullen Park and Chavis Park amusement tickets. Plus, participants have a chance to win a basket filled with Frisbees, jump ropes and other items.
Kellee Beach, marketing administrator for Raleigh Parks and Rec, said there are several reasons they are not offering candy at egg hunts this year. “The most important reason is that we want to help make our community healthier! We believe that physical activity and eating healthy are very important,” Beach said. “One way to help is by providing healthier snack options and prizes that encourage creativity and physical activity.”
Beach also cited the many children whose food allergies prevent them from enjoying these events because they cannot eat the items provided. The department selected food items that do not include some common allergens like peanuts and tree nuts.
Another AHA partners, Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is also working to highlight healthy choices for the community. Bond Park Community Center Supervisor Sam Trogdon said the Town of Cary will kick off promotion of April as Fit Cary Month by hiding golden eggs at its egg hunts on Saturday. Children who find the golden eggs will receive a Fit Cary Month prize pack with prizes from community and organization partners.
AHA’s Community Connections Work Group developed this Hoppin’ Down the Bunny Trail flier with suggestions for how you can continue the trend toward a healthier celebration for children.