|May 2, 2013 -
The second annual Let's Move! Knoxville event will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victor Ashe Park, located at 4901 Bradshaw Rd, and Holston Chilhowee Ball Park, located at 5900 Asheville Hwy. The event is free to the public and will feature a greenway of activities aimed at getting youth eating healthier and moving more outside.
Children and their families will use an adventure map to guide them along a trail of activities which will include: water sports, recipe demonstrations, seed planting, sports, and games. At both event sites, families will use Walk with Walgreens pedometers to measure the number of steps taken that day, and students will lead a Let's Move! Flash Mob at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Door prizes will be given throughout the day and Home Depot will hold a grand prize drawing for a new grill at each location.
"Let's Move is a unique opportunity to showcase the Knoxville/Knox County resources dedicated to helping families lead healthier lifestyles," said Aneisa McDonald, Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health. "Throughout the school year, families have been inquiring about this year's event with great anticipation."
The Let's Move! Knoxville event is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national campaign to fight childhood obesity. Recently, Knoxville and Knox County received national recognition for their collaborative efforts to improve student health. The National League of Cities ranked both municipalities first in the nation for completion of key health and wellness goals for "Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties."
Additionally, Knox County Schools was recognized on the First Lady's blog for its outstanding efforts to improve student access to healthy food options, and Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School students were invited to garden with Mrs. Obama on the White House South Lawn.
Event sponsors and community organizers of Let's Move! Knoxville include: Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Parks & Recreation, Knox Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust, Home Depot, Walgreens, B97.5, Ingles, Subway, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Mary Beth West Communications, Wat-Aah!, and The Zone Sports Complex.
For more information on the Let's Move! Knoxville event, visit www.letsmoveknoxville.com or contact Aneisa McDonald with Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health, at 865-594-9511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.