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Healthy Kids Festival Hopes to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Healthy Kids Festival Hopes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

A festival planned for Paradise Park will help parents and kids understand childhood obesity and hopefully prevent the condition.

The Healthy Kids Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is free and open to the public.

Children will dance to live music, play soccer, participate in Zumba classes, learn to grow their own foods and be part of other activities designed to get them thinking about healthy living.

There will also be information about resources available to the community to help the whole family make healthy lifestyle choices.

At last year's event, more than 1,000 parents and children were able to get information on childhood obesity and prevention.

“More than one-third of children are overweight or obese,” said County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, a member of the Southern Nevada Health District board whose district includes Paradise Park. “This is incredibly unhealthy for these children and they are at risk for everything from cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea to bone and joint problems. They are also more likely to have pre-diabetes and be at greater risk for diabetes later in life."

Those interested in the Healthy Kids Festival can call Paradise Recreation Center at (702)

455-7513 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks.