So why not learn about wellness, nutrition, and how to have a healthy active lifestyle together as a family?
Bring your family out to join in the healthy fun at the fifth annual Get Kidz Fit Fest.
Get Kidz Fit is a free, fun-filled festival to educate children and their families on wellness and nutrition while engaging everyone in a range of healthy lifestyle activities. There will be lots of hands-on opportunities for kids to learn by doing while experiencing simple and fun ways that families can incorporate physical activity and nutritious eating into day-to-day life.
More fitness and fun is in the works for this 2012 event, including a special celebration hosted by the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi). Led by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, MyFi is a new organization aimed at fighting childhood obesity. In honor of its first year, MyFi is bringing a dance party, games, giveaways and more to Get Kidz Fit Fest 2012.
She Is Dallas Info: The Get Kidz Fit Fest will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from noon – 4:00 pm at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. The event is FREE and presented by the Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity (DACPCO). For more information, please visit the Get Kidz Fit Fest website.
Families will learn about nutrition and exercise through healthy cooking demonstrations and sporting activities that include:
- Obstacle Course
- Jump Roping
- Aerobics/Zumba and more
Why does there even need to be an event like Get Kidz Fit?
Childhood obesity in the U.S. and North Texas is of great concern. An overweight adolescent has a 70 percent chance of becoming an overweight or obese adult. Weight related diabetes has increased dramatically. It is estimated that one-third of all children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, Dallas students are at greater risk of overweight and obesity than U.S. students. In 2009, 36 percent of Dallas high-school students were overweight or obese compared to 28 percent of U.S. students.
A physical fitness assessment of Texas students showed that only 20 percent of Dallas ISD third grade students reached the Healthy Fitness Zone on all six tests of the FITNESSGRAM ® compared to 30 percent of Texas students.
These number are definitely a concern but fortunately Get Kidz Fit Fest is here to help turn lives around with education and fun activities to promote lifestyle changes in the children and families in the Dallas area.