Speedway to Healthy coming to Bellamy Center

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]
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For the first time, children in Sampson County will have an opportunity to enjoy an interactive health exhibit, but volunteers are needed to make it a success.

Sampson County Cooperative Extension is hosting the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit, on March 28 and March 29 at the Bellamy Center, Royal Lane Park. The 1,200 square-foot walk through experience is designed to teach students in kindergarten through the fifth grades about how foods effect their bodies. It was developed by North Carolina A&T State University with a purpose to address childhood obesity and poor health in the state.

The exhibit, based on a NASCAR theme, will consist of 11 pit stops for the children. Some of them will focus on the brain, stomach, heart, bones and muscles.

Students from Clinton City Schools, Sampson County Schools and private institutions are scheduled to visit for the experience.The exhibit will be open for parents and their children from 3 to 5 p.m for the public on Tuesday, March 28. Visitors are being asked to attend before 4 p.m. since the exhibit takes 55 minutes to complete.

Sydney Johnson, Family & Consumer Science Agent, is looking for volunteers to assist with the exhibit. About 30 to 40 people are needed. Assistance is needed on Monday, March 27, to setup the exhibit. Volunteers have to be 18. It will be taken down Thursday, March 30. Additional volunteers, ages 16 and up, are needed to work and present at various stations during the two-day event. The time periods are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

“I would like for them to have an interest of working with children,” Johnson said.

Speedway to Healthy was recently held in Duplin County. Johnson said it’s a great way for the Sampson County community to be involved with a health project that’s going to benefit many people in the county. She also believes it’s an opportunity for high school students with interests in fields such as health and education to gain experience.

“It’s a good way for high school students to get volunteer hours,” Johnson said.

Professionals in the health and education are also encouraged to assist, but anyone outside of those fields may help too. Presentation scripts will be provided and people assisting with may specify a preference.

“It’s not required that they have that background,” Johnson said. “I think they will get a lot out of it by helping and getting that volunteer experience.”

For more information, contact Johnson at 910-592-7161 or by email at sydne[email protected]

Potential volunteers may also visit https://goo.gl/KgyXnb to sign up for time slots.


Extension office seeking volunteers to help with youth exhibit

By Chase Jordan

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