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Event to challenge parents to add more play to their kids' days

Posted September 8, 2011

The North Carolina PTA and Advocates for Health in Action will host a free Parents Play Day at the Poe Center for Health Education next week.

The event from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday will challenge parents to add more play to their kids' days. It's part of the Worldwide Day of Play, an effort to get children outside and engaged in physical fitness.

The local Parents Play Day will include activity sessions such as "Sideline Parents: Get Ready, Set, Fit!" and "Out You Go: Families that Play!" Parents can participate in a creative scavenger hunt and explore a playground with prizes along the way. There will be a grocery cart relay and a "snacktivity demo" with samples.

“We’ll be taking parents out on the playground for some good, old fashioned fun,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA, said in a press release. “We are encouraging PTAs, schools, communities and families to set healthy activity goals and start the school year off right with a kickoff for Worldwide Day of Play.”

After the Parents Play Day event, parent and teacher participants from across the state can submit their activity plans for Worldwide Day of Play to the N.C. PTA for a chance to be profiled as a statewide Champion of Play, which makes them eligible for a $500 healthy activities grant for their local PTA.

As part of the Worldwide Day of Play, schools and community organizations are expected to host events to engage kids in physical fitness around the world Sept. 24. Nickelodeon will suspend all programming and go dark all afternoon in support of this day of play.

Register for the free Parents Play Day at {{a href="external_link-1'}}{{/a}}. Children who are not in school are welcome to tag along. The Poe Center is located at 224 Sunnybrook Rd. in Raleigh.


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