Shelton event combines fun and fitness for a cause

A recent Fun, Food & Fitness event at B&B Cages in downtown Shelton raised funds for the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center.

About 50 young people — including about 40 with disabilities — and 75 parents attended the event, according to organizers. They were able to use the batting cages, participate in a group exercise activities, and take a pizza break.

The event, promoted as being “for people of all abilities,” was free for participants.

The Parent Child Resource Center serves Shelton and four other towns by providing behavior health services to children and families.

Lots of activities

Exercise activities were provided by the PISA Inc. and used cones, ladders, hula hoops, soccer balls, and several games such as Capture the Pirates and Red Light/Green Light.

Some non-verbal boys with autism took basic karate lessons, and chair massages were given to about 20 parents.

The participating young people ranged in age from 4 to 24 years old. Mayor Mark Lauretti dropped by the event.

Future event

Organizers said parents at the event are hoping a similar activity will be planned in the future, offering to speak to other families with special needs children to increase attendance. Another event may take place in early May.

The event was sponsored by NorthStar, Moving with Hope and B&B Cages. The nonprofit Moving with Hope offers programs for the community that help with health and wellness modification.