Kids’ fair April 30 will share free fun, education about healthy lifestyles

March 24, 2011 —

Obesity is a growing problem for America’s younger generation. Obesity leads to chronic disease, reduced activity, decreased lifespan and a multitude of health problems. Des Moines University students don’t want that to happen to local kids so they created Mission: Active, a health fair for kids, debuting April 30.

“A healthful, active life is so fun and rewarding. We want to help instill great habits at a young age and help local families lead a healthful life,” said Alex Hubbell, second-year D.O. student and co-organizer.

Mission: Active will be held on the Des Moines University (DMU) campus in the Student Education Center, running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. All families with grade-school-aged kids are invited to attend the free event.

The day’s activities include the following sessions, activities or stations:

  • obstacle course: can you get thru?
  • jump & shake it: fun activities
  • feeling fruity? good foods
  • lather up: sunscreen is key
  • scrub-a-dub: hand washing tips
  • vitamins: why take ’em?
  • say can you see: vision screening
  • let’s get moving: why exercise?
  • step to it: foot exams
  • put your left foot in: balance screen
  • gamer: can Wii get fit?

The event is interactive and informational. No registration is required. Free parking is available behind the building and behind the DMU Clinic in the parking garage. For more information, call 515.271.1041.

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Des Moines University is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students’ pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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