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August 19, 2013

Campus Club promotes art, health during free community festival

MILLEDGEVILLE — The middle Georgia community is invited to participate in a fun-filled day of activities during Campus Club Milledgeville’s (CCM) first annual ArtHealthy Festival as a way to promote art and healthy living, as well as highlighting the lack of physical activity in the central Georgia area.

The event is a regional response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative called “Let’s Move!,” which addresses America’s obesity epidemic. Through festival partners, vendors and sponsors, the event is free for the community to participate.

“The ArtHealthy Festival compliments all other health initiatives around middle Georgia, but from our perspective, which is art. We at Campus Club Milledgeville focus on art and movement and because education is also a big component of Campus Club Milledgeville, the importance of learning more about health in the community is a part of the festival’s focus as well,” said Gregory Barnes, CCM executive director. “This is something we needed to do for the community.”

Numerous art and health exhibits and vendors will be on site providing various dance classes, facepainting, games, art projects, live performances and entertainment, food demonstrations, health screenings, physical activities, workshops, outdoor educational opportunities and food giveaways.

“We will have a chef whose forte is in raw foods, so he will talk about nuts and the importance of minerals. We will also have nutritional information from different perspectives,” Barnes said. “We’re having a Double Dutch group from Atlanta coming to teach kids how to Double Dutch. Kid Zone will encourage fun ways for youth to enjoy the outdoors.”

Sponsored by Live Healthy Baldwin, Robins Federal Credit Union and Bodyplex, the ArtHealthy Festival is slated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 on the front campus of Georgia College. In case of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to the Georgia College Centennial Center.

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