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6/13/08

Annual Healthy Lubbock Day Puts Focus on Fitness

The fourth annual Healthy Lubbock Day will kick off at 9 a.m. June 14 at Maxey Park, located at 4020 30th St. The free four-hour event will be hosted by the Healthy Lubbock Initiative, a program of the Garrison Institute on Aging, 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.

"Whether you're a senior citizen or a child, information will be available about finding ways to stay active, eat nutritiously and live a healthier life," said Paula Grammas, Ph.D., executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, noting that evidence shows physical fitness in early and mid life can mean better quality of life in our later years.

Some of this year's events will include a climbing wall, prizes, paddle boats, a bike rodeo and health screenings for all ages, as well as a series of demonstrations such as tai chi, Pilates and self defense. Children attending the bike rodeo are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets.            

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 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.

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