Gary Moss, A member of the South Houston Area Recreational kiters trying to get one of his kites to his kite to soar at the Lamar practice football field on Saturday March the 25th. UP Photo Noah Dawlearn.

Gary Moss, A member of the South Houston Area Recreational kiters trying to get one of his kites to his kite to soar at the Lamar practice football field on Saturday March the 25th. UP Photo Noah Dawlearn.

The Beaumont Health Coalition held their first Kite Festival at the Lamar University practice football field, Saturday.

“Jefferson County happens to be one of the unhealthiest counties in the state of Texas and we want to make a difference around that,” Heather Champion, event manager and co-chair of the Beaumont Health Coalition, said. “You don’t have to be able to afford a gym membership to be able to get out and maintain your health. It’s as simple as getting outside and flying a kite.”

Different non-profit organizations and health related agencies were present with information on hand covering various health related topics. Free health screenings were available to the public as well. Participants received boxed groceries and fresh produce courtesy of Southeast Texas Food Bank.

Troy Redfern watches his kite soar high with its 100 yard tail at the Lamar practice football field on Saturday March the 25th.

Troy Redfern watches his kite soar high with its 100 yard tail at the Lamar practice football field on Saturday March the 25th.

Free kites were given to the first 100 participants.

Awards for the longest kite tail, most beautiful kite and most creative kite were handed out at the end of the event.

“We would love to have more community involvement in our coalition, so we would like more individual citizen members, not just organizations” says Champion.

For more information about the Beaumont Health Coalition, call Champion at 656-2549.

Dania Sloane

UP contributor

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