CREW started to step up recreational opportunities in all of Bullitt County

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By Lyndsey Gilpin

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County residents, young and old, are invited to turn the longest day of the year—the summer solstice— into the longest outdoor play-date of the season. 

On Tuesday, June 21, at Sheperdsville City Park, the Coalition for Recreation, Education, and Wellness will be hosting “The Longest Day of Play” from 5 to 8 p.m. C.R.E.W. has targeted this event towards children, hoping to generate excitement about outdoor activities. 

Vendors will be present, each with their own physical activity planned for both children and adults. 

There will be demonstrations of Zumba, Jazzercise, and children’s aerobics.The YMCA will sponsor an inflatable obstacle course and other community booths will host water balloon corn hole tournaments, sack races, chair massages, kickboxing, archery, miniature golf, and many more activities. 

Body Mass Index screenings and blood pressure checks will be offered, as well as spinal exercise classes to improve posture.  

The Longest Day of Play is the largest activity C.R.E.W. has sponsored yet and Daniel Crum, health educator for the Health Department, hopes that enough people will attend so it can become an annual event. 

“This is actually supposed to be a countywide field day, really,” Crum said. “We need to get kids away from screen time, which means in front of the television, computers and cell phones.” 

He added that it also gives vendors a chance to promote what they do for the wellness of the community. 

The event is part of C.R.E.W’s response to health concerns in the county. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension office, Chamber of Commerce, 4H Club, several county schools, and the YMCA are some members of the coalition. Their common goal is to host an event every month to encourage healthy lifestyles. Each event will target a different audience. So far, C.R.E.W. has sponsored a weight loss competition, walking group, and a walk for women’s health in Mount Washington.

“It’s new, so we are just trying different things and seeing what people like,” Crum said. “When we get a feel for that, we will hopefully keep the momentum up.”

C.R.E.W. meets the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Health Department. People are invited to come to share their ideas and concerns about community health. For those that can’t make the meetings, there is also an email list.  Call 955-5355 for more information about becoming involved with C.R.E.W.