October 1, 2023 10:20 pm
Promoting Kids’ Health through Extension Festival

The University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Healthy Kids Festival is an event that aims to inspire children to lead healthy lifestyles through fun and engaging activities. The festival, now in its 11th year, is open to all families with young children and will take place on September 30 at the Paradise Recreation Center. The event will include music, dancing, gardening, chef demonstrations, a fruit and vegetable market, and prizes. It is specifically designed for families with children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.

Marina Amaya, Extension health promotion and outreach coordinator, expressed enthusiasm for the event, stating that parents love the resources it offers and the opportunity to educate their families about staying active and healthy. Last year’s festival successfully raised awareness about childhood obesity and prevention, reaching over 1,000 attendees. According to Amaya, reaching out to and empowering families with young children is crucial for promoting healthy living.

During the festival, parents and families will learn about supporting and modeling positive and healthy eating habits, as well as incorporating physical activity into their children’s daily routines. The event takes place in September, which is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and is sponsored by the Southern Nevada Health District, Commissioner Jim Gibson, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and the Paradise Recreation Center.

While the event is free, participants are encouraged to register in advance. For more information, individuals can contact Marina Amaya. Those in need of special accommodations or assistance are advised to contact Paul Lessick at least five days prior to the event to ensure their needs are met.

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