Expert uses color to combat bullying


Marty Ward of Viera will bring her Create Confident Kids program to the Saturday, Jan. 7 Color Me Healthy 5K Run/Walk on the Viera Medical Mile. Her focus will go beyond parents to target grandparents who have taken on a parental role or simply seek to have a positive influence on their grands. 

She will work one on one with children and their families in an activity disguised as play, because it is.

At her booth, Ward will provide paints and art materials to add even more color to the T-shirts provided in the benefit run/walk. 

Ward, herself a grandmother, said the key is to become a “Confidence Booster” to build up a child rather than a “Fault Finder,” which tears a child down. The techniques also help children battle bullying.

“You get more cooperation and more time for fun, both at school and at home,” Ward said.

The second annual 5K run/walk became an instant favorite of boomers and seniors. The start/finish is at the Suntree Master Homeowners Association private Jack Mahon Park. The course traverses Spyglass Hill Road in and out of lush communities and waterfront nature preserve areas accessed by private roads behind upscale medical buildings. SL

For more information or to register for the 5K, go to or call 321-242-1235. To reach Ward, to go, call 321-848-4997 or email