Festival to Promote Childhood Obesity Awareness
In celebration of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Clark County Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids Program and Paradise Park and Recreation Center will host the second Healthy Kids Festival event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Paradise Park, 4775 McLeod Drive, just north of Tropicana Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
Last year’s event presented childhood obesity awareness and prevention to more than 1,000 parents and children. Families are invited to come out and explore different ways to be healthy and active with a day full of fun and entertainment, information and resources available to community residents. Children will dance to live music, play soccer, participate in Zumba classes, learn how to grow their own foods and participate in many other fun activities.
“More than one-third of children are overweight or obese,” said County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, a member of the Southern Nevada Health District board whose district includes Paradise Park. “This is incredibly unhealthy for these children and they are at risk for everything from cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea to bone and joint problems. They are also more likely to have pre-diabetes and be at greater risk for diabetes later in life.
”Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, also a member of the health district board, agreed. “This is a serious problem that will have major consequences for our society if we don’t address it. There are huge implications not only for these children and their families but also for society as a whole, which will likely pick up the tab for many of their health care costs.”
Those interested in the Healthy Kids Festival can call Paradise Recreation Center at (702) 455-7513 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.