Mom's day out at the market

Parents and children enjoy Mom’s Day Out, a Day at the Market May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

Parents and children enjoy Mom’s Day Out, a Day at the Market May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

Parents and children enjoy Mom’s Day Out, a Day at the Market May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

Parents and children enjoy Mom’s Day Out, a Day at the Market May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

Dani Lebovitz, Robins Air Force Base registered dietitian nutritionist, demonstrates how to use fresh ingredients from the market to make a tasty dessert, May 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

Dani Lebovitz, Robins Air Force Base registered dietitian nutritionist, demonstrates how to use fresh ingredients from the market to make a tasty dessert, May 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ray Crayton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Robins Health and Wellness Center provided children's blow-up human bumper cars, hula hoops and jump ropes for the Mom's Day Out, a Day at the Market event May 14 at the International City Community Farmers Market in Warner Robins.

Dani Lebovitz from "Dani's Delicious Dish" also made an appearance, serving up a fresh strawberry crumble with honey dessert prepared in a toaster oven.

Despite the heat, about 40 vendors lined the corner of Watson Boulevard and Maple Street to display their wares.

The occasion was a result of a partnership between the HAWC, Kids Journey and Grow Healthy Houston County with the goal of promoting healthier eating for families.

"We wanted to let moms know they can get healthy food for their kids here," said Chevonnia Jones, Kids' Journey executive director.

At the farmer's market, families with electronic benefit transfer or supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits can double their money up to $50 if they buy products at the farmers market. The market also offers demonstrations on how to cook the items they sell.

In the CATCH Kids area, sponsored by the HAWC, there were several activities for children.

CATCH Kids - Coordinated Approach to Child Health - is a base program which promotes healthier lifestyles to prevent childhood obesity, said Stuart Bapties, HAWC flight commander and Community Action Information Board co-executive director. 

"It works to impact a child's nutrition awareness and decision making process about food choices along with their level of physical activity," he said.

To that end, Bapties joins health initiatives such as the farmers market to encourage families to eat better and to get active.

James Connelly, who recently retired from the Army as a staff sergeant, was attending the farmer's market for the first time. He and wife Karen brought their five-year-old son, Rylan, to play at the CATCH Kids area.

Rylan hula-hooped and played on the self-propelled inflatable bumper cars.

The goal of the market is "to provide seasonal produce and support local farmers," said the market's organizer, Jodi Daley.

The market is open every Thursday from 1 p.m. until dusk. No federal endorsement of the farmer's market is intended nor implied.