8th Annual Healthy Kids & Teens

Join Healthy Kids & Teens for PLAY K Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Shelby Farms Park, 9:00am-12:00pm. We need your help as a sponsor.

WHAT IS PLAY K:

A “Free” community event highlighting forms of play for the entire family. Includes but not limited to Racing, Dancing, Rock Climbing,Volleyball, Kickball, Tag-teams, and more!

SIGNIFICANCE:

Tennessee is number two in obesity among the states. The Memphis and Shelby County region continues to suffer problems associated with a high rate of obesity. The Mid-South has an unusually high rate of citizens with diabetes, heart, and vascular disease, and many inactive overweight children. Cultural and social determinants, including a high rate of poverty, contribute to problem of obesity in the Mid-South. Shelby County (population 923,074) has an overall rate of 21.7 percent, and for female headed households, 41.8%.

WHY PLAY:

Playing is fun! There are many resources available for active play. We want to inspire our community to promote and support play for kids and adults of all ages. This play initiative will increase awareness of and exposure to forms of play and nutritional programs that are available in Memphis and Shelby County. Weight reduction is a by-product of healthy behaviors.

GOALS:

Provide a variety of fun family fitness activities that focuses on physical activity. Demonstrate highly participatory, mutually beneficial, collaboration via “collective impact” of community, parents, youth, and seniors.

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