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Mask Making
Mayor Holland, health experts to attend Healthy Halloween

By: Will Lyons
Education Coordinator
Each year Whitmore Park is filled with hundreds of Rosedalians as they celebrate RDA’s fall festival, Healthy Halloween. But this year they will be joined by Kansas City, KS mayor Mark Holland, sports medicine physician and fitness instructor Dr. Jordan Metzl, and nutrition expert Cynthia Lair.

Holland will kick off the festival at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Whitmore Park with a special proclamation recognizing Healthy Halloween for its health-conscious activities.

“Improving health outcomes in Wyandotte County is a top priority of mine, and we can make a big impact on this issue by reinforcing healthy habits with our kids,” Holland said. “Halloween is such a fun holiday, but the emphasis is too often about how much candy can be consumed. I commend the RDA for hosting an event that shifts the focus and brings our community together.”

Dr. Metzl will follow with a kid-friendly version of his “Ironstrength” fitness routine, designed for people of all skill levels. To bring these healthy habits home, Lair will present cooking healthy and nutritious meals for the whole family.

Attendees can also test their balance at a special station ran by physical therapy students from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Healthy Halloween will also include fun activities like ghost races, pumpkin painting, mask making, and a bounce house. New games also will be available, like mummy wrapping races and pumpkin bowling. Pharmacy representatives from Walgreens will give free flu shots to all attendants, and members of BikeWalkKC will help fix bicycles and teach bicycle safety.

“It gets the boys motivated,” Terri Rankin, a Rosedale resident who attended Healthy Halloween last year, said about her sons. “They had a real good time with all the activities. They liked it all.”

Join RDA for their 6th annual Healthy Halloween from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 24, 2015 at Whitmore Park, 1412 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS, 66103.

To learn more about the event or volunteer, please contact Will Lyons at or call (913) 677-5097