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St. Petersburg, FL - 2nd Annual Family Fun and Fitness Day a Success!!
On Saturday May 17th, 2014 members of the Childs Park Neighborhood and surronding areas of the City enjoyed a full afternoon of Fun that focuesd on Family and Fitness. Residents were joined by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, as well as the Director of Neighborhood Affairs Mike Dove, Mike Jeffries from Parks & Recreation, along with Staff from Community Service and Transportation Departments. The event was also supported by TASCO and People of Good will from around the City. We even had a visti from Minne Mouse and Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
The theme of Health and Fitness was chosen because of the fact that thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat.
Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is now commonplace.
Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
Because the Chllds Park Recreation Center is the only city park with a fully equiped indoor fitness center we decided to highlight this and other programs that are offered to the Community that could assit those that would like to make a few lifestyle changes and help our children lead healthier lives–because we already have the tools we need to do it.
Those tools include Zumba Classes at the Childs Park YMCA, Self Defense, Dance, Tennis, Basketball and many other programs available to children and families at the Recreation Center.
To showcase the neighborhood amenities, we started at the Childs Park YMCA to warm up with a Dance Class facilitated by local instructor Bahiyyah Sadiki. We also received information about several Family Service and Youth Academic programs that are available at "The Y" presented by Executive Director Deborah Figgs- Sanders. From there we completed a 1k walk down the Pinellas and Skyway Trail that goes through the newly renovated Childs Park Lake and connnects to the Clam Bayou Trail.
Other activities included sack races, volleyball and football games. The menu included fresh fruit instead of potatoe chips to encourage healthy eating as well.
The Childs Park Neighborhood Association would like to thank everyone that helped make this event a success and we look forward to doing it bigger and better next year!!