Leon Co. Observes Nat. Minority Health Month With Fun Day

By: Florida Department of Health Release
By: Florida Department of Health Release

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – April 8, 2011 -

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the Leon County Health Department (LCHD) Office of Minority Health (OMH), along with Florida Department of Health’a Office of Women's Health, will be hosting a Family and Community Fitness Fun Day, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Jake Gaither Community Center, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305.

“The Fitness Fun Day will focus on exploring nutrition and exercise as a family unit to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases,” said Peggy Reinhardt, Leon County Minority Health Director. “The purpose for this activity is to heighten health awareness and educate and provide assistance and resources to the community.”

In 2007, 56.1% of Leon County residents were obese or overweight, which was an increase from the 2002 percentage of 52.6. Contributing factors to being overweight and obese include poor diet and the lack of physical activity, among others. The Fitness Fun Day allows families to come together to learn how to incorporate nutritious foods and activities that can be done together as a family to address weight management.

Activities planned for this event include: health screenings, food label reading, menu/meal planning, cooking demonstrations, face painting, and physical activities, such as line and zumba dancing, and playing a Wii video gaming system. The event is free and open to everyone.

Cumulus Radio Station 96.1 FM will host an on-site radio broadcast from the Jake Gaither Community Center. Exhibitors will include the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Bond Community Health Center, Inc., Big Bend Cares, Big Bend AHEC, Magellan Services and others.

DOH promotes, protects and improves the health of all people in Florida. To view the event flyer, please visit www.doh.state.fl.us/womenshealth.

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