The University of Nevada, Reno Extension 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 Centre. The event will include music, dancing, gardening, chef demonstrations, a fruit and vegetable market and prizes. It is specially designed for families with children aged 3 to 8 years.
Marina Amaia, Health Promotion and Outreach Coordinator, expressed her 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 of childhood obesity and prevention, reaching over 1,000 visitors. According to Amaya, reaching out to and empowering families with young children is key to 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 routine. 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, the Las Vegas Police Department and the Paradise Recreation Center.
While the event is free, attendees are encouraged to register in advance. For more information, individuals can contact Marina Amaya. Those requiring special accommodations or assistance are advised to contact Paul Lesik at least five days prior to the event to ensure their needs are met.