NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Healthy Nacogdoches Kids Expo drew out large crowds today, as families came out early to take part.
"It shows there's a need in our community for activities for children, as well as a need for school supplies," said Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital Program Coordinator, Kinnie Parker.
The theme of the event was to "move it". The goal was to teach kids about eating, playing, and living healthy.
"It's a lot of fun. There are a lot of people out here," said Nacogdoches student, Tamara DeBlanc.
"It's just really letting the kids mingle with other children and getting the great offers that they're offering for the kids in this part of East Texas," said Nacogdoches mom, Tamala Timmons.
Kids went through different stations, like jump roping and bean bag tossing, to encourage activeness. For every 5 activities they participated in, children were able to win prizes, like jumping in the bounce house.
"It helps in these tough times with the economy so bad that things like this helps the families out, especially us grandmothers," said a Nacogdoches grandmother.
"It's very exciting to see everyone turn out, and for all the great volunteers that are helping us. We have over 50 people from the community helping us out today," said Parker.
Sponsors included KTRE, AT&T, Metro PCS, Chick-Fil-A, and free physicals by a local doctor.
"It makes me feel good that I may really contribute a little bit to the community and be able to assist with kids staying physically fit," said family physician, Dr. Bryan Davis.
Children were seen smiling, playing, and enjoying a good time.