Saturday is Healthy Lubbock Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/07

Saturday is Healthy Lubbock Day

The third annual Healthy Lubbock Day will begin with a kickoff celebration from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th at Maxey Park, located at 4020 30th St.

The event will be hosted by the Healthy Lubbock Initiative, which seeks to make Lubbock and its surrounding communities a healthier place by supporting and motivating people to become active through physical activity and improved nutrition.

"There's something for everyone," said Annette Boles, a unit assistant director at the Garrison Institute on Aging. "This is about education and hands-on activities. Whether you're a senior or a child, we will have information for you about finding ways to stay active through the summer and holidays and make healthy living a lifestyle."

Events this year will include wall climbing, prizes, paddle boats and canoes, bike safety lessons, volleyball and health screenings for all ages. There will be lectures on Alzheimer's disease and nutrition and a series of demonstrations for Texercise, dance and aerobics, Tai Chi and spinning. All events are free to the public.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., initiated the Healthy Lubbock program in June 2003 as a tool to help community members prevent obesity and related health issues. The Healthy Lubbock Initiative strives to empower individuals to make smart lifestyle decisions for themselves and their families.

According to the American Heart Association, the number of overweight adolescents and teenagers has been increasing at an alarming rate over the last 20 years. Overweight children are more likely to be overweight adults, but treating childhood obesity may help reduce the risk of heart disease and other diseases.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a survey of high school youth conducted regularly through national, state and local education and health agencies that provides documentation of the inadequate levels of physical activity among high school-age youth. In 2003, 37 percent of students surveyed did not participate in more than 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity per day. More than 30 percent of students spent at least three hours watching television, and minority children had an increased risk of not being physically active.

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