Park parties: Bringing healthy summer fun to West Michigan families

Maranda's Park Parties are a long-standing tradition in West Michigan. Local TV personality Maranda has turned Park Parties into beloved annual events that bring the community together for food and fun. Now in their 24th consecutive year, these parties serve free lunches to those under 18 and are recognized by the USDA as one of the country’s largest summer feeding programs.

As part of Priority Health's commitment to improve the health and lives of the communities we serve, we joined the Park Party fun to promote affordable healthy lifestyles through free, family-friendly activities and entertainment. Parties were held in five West Michigan parks in Wyoming, Muskegon, Holland, Kentwood and Kalamazoo.

New at this year's Park Parties were giant inflatable obstacle courses. Kids could run, bounce and climb through these three challenges, which included a rock climbing wall and bounce house. Along with games to get kids moving, there were also plenty of prizes. Priority Health volunteers were on-site to pass out stickers and pedometers to everyone participating in the summer fun.

As Michigan's second largest health plan, Priority Health provides affordable access to high-quality care, with the goal to create a healthier Michigan. With this mission in mind, we feel it's important to give back to our community by supporting programs like Maranda's Park Parties.

We'd like to thank Maranda and the Park Party team—and of course our wonderful West Michigan community—for the great time.

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