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Monday, April 22, 2013

Unplug and Play with the North Okanagan Optimist Club

This Saturday, April 27, 2013, marks the beginning of a week of "Unplug and Play" in Vernon, British Columbia. Coordinated by the North Okanagan Optimist Club with help from the North Okanagan Early Childhood Development Coalition, more than 70 children and family-friendly events are scheduled at different locations throughout the community.

Staying with the Unplug and Play theme, daily activities include story time, swimming, hockey, gymnastics, dancing, yoga, and so much more. Click here for a PDF of all scheduled activities. 

According to the North Okanagan Optimist Club, the purposes of Plug and Play are many. It's a community event that encourages families and neighbors to leave their homes and enjoy each other's company as well as the community in which they live; but it will also expose them to many "get active" opportunities, luring them away from the couch and away from their computer and television screens. With that message, the Optimist Club is speaking to wellness initiatives and facing the childhood obesity epidemic head-on.

Local businesses are involved as well as government and community organizations.

Chartered in September 2011, the North Okanagan Optimist Club states that their mission is to raise money so that they can support children and teens in their community in a different way. The Province of British Columbia thinks they are doing just that so they gave the Optimist Club's effort $5,000 to advance the idea of Unplug and Play.

Find out more and stay up-to-date with the Unplug and Play movement by liking the North Okanagan Optimist Club on Facebook.

Photo credit: Jennifer Smith/Vernonmorningstar.com

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