Meet the newest featured family, the Walkers!

The Walker Family has fun staying active together—you can see it in their smiles and playfulness.

This Dorchester Family takes full advantage of all “Dot”—and everything nearby—has to offer. Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program took photos of the family at the Martin Playground, where 6-year old Gavin loves climbing the rock wall (and anything else he can possibly climb!). The Martin Playground has fabulous play equipment, and just across the street is the Neponset River Reservation, where lovely waking/biking paths line the Neponset River. The Walkers enjoy walking and biking along the path, and the kids sometimes bring their scooters.

This summer, Gavin and his sister Elise, age 8, are participating in the YES (Youth Enrichment Services) track and field program at Moakley Park, where they’ll get to try out all kinds of track and field events. YES offer programs year-round that not only introduce them to sports and outdoor activities, but also help to challenge themselves and build leadership skills. Elise is also trying out Dot Art (http://www.dotart.org/) this summer, which offers classes for kids 3 to 10 in painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and mixed media.

Both kids also have played with the Dorchester Youth Soccer Club, a skill and interest they might have gotten from their dad, Randal, who once played with a traveling soccer league. Gavin and Elise love to swim, and the whole family enjoys the pool at the new South Shore YMCA Quincy (http://ssymca.org/quincy/). Mom, Annette, likes to walk for exercise and everyone enjoys hiking in the Blue Hills (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html), including the family dog.

The children will be entering first and third grades this year at the Boston Public Schools’ Mather School—a local treasure. Did you know that the Mather was the first public elementary school in the country? Last year the school celebrated its 375th anniversary. Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program wishes the whole family a great start to the school year!

Kohl’s and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Program promotes fun, low-cost, family-oriented activities and neighborhood resources that make it easier for families to get active and stay active.

You can see the Walker Family in posters at MBTA stops and billboards in locations throughout Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Boston Children’s Hospital would like to thank Kohl’s for their generous support to bring health, nutrition, and wellness education to Boston families.

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