By Olivia Alveshere
In its ninth year, Community Wellness Day continues to expand in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
The event returned to Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine Jan. 21 and attracted hundreds of families.
“There are so many components to wellness,” said Jennifer Gilbert, wellness specialist with Anoka-Hennepin Community Education.
The event, free for families, has traditionally focused on exercise and nutrition, but this year, activities were broader.
Keynote speaker Jerrid Sebesta, a former KARE-11 meteorologist turned financial planner and motivational speaker, addressed financial wellness and how that contributes to overall wellness and living the dream.
Sebesta explained that a lot of people thought he was crazy to leave KARE-11 with no job lined up.
“I’m living the dream right now; on paper, I’ve failed,” Sebesta said. “Living the dream has more to do with purpose and mission.”
When he was at KARE-11, he was focused on himself, and now he has the ability to focus on others and help people, he said.
He encouraged audience members to look at everything in their lives and their actions and ask, “Are those things pushing you closer to the life you want?”
New this year was the opportunity for kids to read with a dog and participate in a 45-minute art class, promoting mental wellness.
As in past years, many opportunities to be active were scheduled all day long.
AKA Sports sponsored archery, soccer and floor hockey in the school’s back gym.
Fitness classes, including Sit Fit, Family Yoga, Samba Line Dane and Rock Your Workout, were scheduled throughout the day in the lower gym.
Three nature walks were scheduled to take families around school grounds to look for animal tracks, keep an eye out for birds and more.
Dozens of exhibitors were on hand to provide health screenings, distribute information and more.
The family book and DVD swap occurred as usual.
The day concluded with free open swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“It’s a way for Community Education to say thank you to the community,” Gilbert said.
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