Head Start Snowshoe in the Park

Crawling through hoops

Crawling through hoops

 

follow the leader

follow the leader

Fresh snow, tall trees and a sunny sky is a perfect recipe for a fun snowshoe walk in the park. Andrea Newby and Joy Schelble from Iron County UW-Extension packed up 25 pairs of tiny snowshoes this week to take the Head Start students out for an afternoon walk over two days. The little ones were lead in snowshoe “technique” which involved walking forward, backward and jumping up and down before we made our trek around the park under the tall trees. Parents, aunts, grandparents, the bus driver and teachers joined us during the two days snapping pictures and strapping on snowshoes to experience all the fun in the snow! For most of the kids, this was their first time ever on snowshoes and expressed that, “this was the best day ever!”

This event was the result of some work done by the Iron County Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Coalition (CPCO). The coalition is organized by Joy Schleble and Andrea Newby from UW-Extension. Iron County UW-Extension has been part of a childhood obesity research project for about 3 years. The goal of this project is to identify the barriers in the environment that prevent families from access to healthy food and physical activity. Our mission is to “make the healthy choice the easy choice” for all families.

In order to make sure that funding for the project is being used in the best possible way, Schelble and Newby requested input from Head Start staff and parents, who have young children, about what they needed to be physically active. They said, “snowshoes”, “we want to take our kids outside in the winter.” With that, Schelble and Newby worked with Hobby Wheel Bike and Ski Shop, a local business, to purchase 50 pair of toddler size and child size snowshoes including 5 pairs of large snowshoes for adults.

The Head Start snowshoe in the park was our first debut of the snowshoes. UW-Extension plans to work with Head Start and other organizations to plan future events and activities. The snowshoes are also available for families to use for free. Stop in the Iron County UW-Extension office at the Iron County Courthouse to check out snowshoes for your whole family!

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Andrea Newby, Iron County UW-Extension Family Living Educator

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