Supports National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Elk Grove, CA – The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Parks and Recreation Department has issued a proclamation to designate September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. To build awareness of childhood obesity and ways to combat it, the CSD invites the Elk Grove community to the 3rd annual Healthy Kids Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wackford Aquatic Complex.
During the past four decades, obesity rates have increased more than fourfold among children ages six to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers (31.8 percent) are obese or overweight; a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.
“The growing rate of childhood obesity is something that should not be taken lightly,” said Mike Dopson, Recreation Superintendent for the CSD. “The CSD recognizes the serious threat that obesity poses to the health of our children and the importance of decreasing its prevalence in Elk Grove.”
“The good news is childhood obesity is preventable,” said Dopson. “The CSD wants to urge children and teens to participate in physical activity and to engage in healthy eating habits so they can live longer, healthier lives.”
The Healthy Kids Extravaganza will encourage children to get moving with activities such as swimming, fitness challenges, interactive demonstrations from CSD sports and leisure classes, goal setting, and learning about healthy food options. This free event will be fun and educational for the entire family.
What: Healthy Kids Extravaganza
Where: Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex, 9014 Bruceville Road
When: Saturday, Sept. 9
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.