Madelia: Rethink Your Drink! Park Days Activities!
opportunities for engaging the community about the Madelia: Rethink Your Drink
Project, the Madelia Community Based Collaborative (MCBC) decided it was best
to go where the people are: the annual Madelia Park Days Celebration. The group planned several activities to co-inside with the town celebration and kicked ok the event by hosting a
Sidewalk Chalk Contest. The contest encouraged both young and old to get out the sidewalk
chalk and create drawings which featured ways people could rethink their
drinks towards healthier options. Community members were encouraged to create
their drawings outside Luther Memorial Home, the Madelia Community Hospital or
their own home, and upload their photos to the project Facebook Page. Two
Madelia family fun pack prizes (which included four passes to the pool,
bowling alley and movie theater) were awarded, one at random and the other
based on the number of Facebook ‘likes’ received.
The group also participated in the Park Days
Family Night, where a movie was shown in the community park. MCBC set up a
booth which featured an educational beverage display which detailed the amount
of sugar found in popular beverages. The group also provided three
fruit/veggie infused water options, water infused with lemon/lime, water
infused with orange and water infused with cucumber.The cucumbers provided for the taste testing
were grown in the edible landscape by the children at the Early Childhood
Education Program at the Madelia School. “The
kids loved the water, some were surprised by how good it tasted. I was equally
surprised at the number of kids who preferred the cucumber flavor over the
orange. One little girl kept coming back for more water. I consider it a huge
success!” Jodi Ulman, MCBC member.
To close out Park Days, MCBC
participated in the city parade. Volunteers handed silicon bracelets which read
Rethink Your Drink in both English and Spanish. Volunteers also had fun
squirting parade viewers with none other than, water.
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