KISD Family Fitness and Wellness Fair

The Reeces Creek Rockettes show off their dance moves during the dance competition.
By: Samantha Seidel

Participants talk with vendors and get swag bags from them. The sounds of Zumba music filled the Killeen Special Events Center as community members, parents and students learned about all forms of wellness at the annual KISD Family, Fitness and Wellness Fair.
For the fourth year in a row the Student, Health, Advisory Committee (SHAC) worked diligently to create a fun, free and educational fair for Killeen families, and this year over 40 vendors showcased their health-related businesses to participants.

Beginning in February, the committee got together to plan, and bring in the best local vendors to inform and inspire the coVendor Grabba Green talks with participants about healthy snacking. mmunity to become healthier.
KISD School Nutrition showcased their cooking skills for the first time at the fair and participants were able to give feedback on the samples by placing green or red stickers on a board.

“We've gotten amazing feedback on items that we plan on having in campuses next year," said Lori Alejandro, Coordinator for School Nutrition.
“Our biggest hit has been the fruit pearls. They are basically healthy dipping dots made out of frozen fruit. Parents have loved them and so have students," she stated.

The fair was full of opportunities to win prizes and learn about healthy habits.
Families walked from booth to booth gathering information from assorted vendors from the community, while students played a scavenger hunt in hopes of winning $500 towards their campus’ Field Day.  
A student tries a food sample from the KISD School Nutrition booth.“This is a fun family event with lots of things to do,” said KISD Career Center CTE Program Advisor Warren Kostencki. All of the games and activities that my sons have been able to participate in has been great. We have also been listening to the vendors and we spoke with some physical therapists too.”
This year there was even a dance competition, where KISD employees battled in front of a crowd to see who had the smoothest moves.
 A student jumps and reaches to see how high his vertical is.
Out of the three competitors: Reeces Creek Elementary, Ellison High School, and couple Faith Rainwater, and Frank Arevalo,the Reeces Creek Rockettes won by popular vote.
“The whole point is to bring families together,” said Angenet Wilkerson, KISD Community and Student Relations Director.
“This is the culmination of the goals of SHAC to promote wellness, nutrition for students, schools and community. When we are healthy community we are productive community.”
Mark your calendar!
April 25th, 2020:  5th Annual KISD Family, Fitness and Wellness Fair