For Immediate Release: Oct. 4, 2011
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Family Fitness Walk Gets Bodies Moving
HENDERSON, Nev. – Families are invited to take part in the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fitness Walk from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 29. Participants will meet at Equestrian Park South, 1200 Equestrian Dr. Participation in the all-ages event is free, and families can register on site just prior to the event or in advance at cityofhenderson.com/parks (activity code 644022-00).
Participants should wear walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Families will walk one paved loop (about three-quarters of a mile) of Equestrian Trail. Each person will receive one Silly Band for each loop walked.
“A family walk is an excellent way for parents and children to stay active and fit,” said Jennifer Magby, Outdoor Recreation coordinator, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “It’s important for parents to provide these types of opportunities for their children because studies suggest that doing so may result in more active and physically fit children.”
According to a 2009 study by researchers from Oregon State University, there is a direct link between parental support and a child’s level of physical activity. In a study of children ages 2-5, researchers found that active parents may be more likely to have active children because they encourage this behavior through support systems and opportunities for physical activity.
For additional information, visit http://cityofhenderson.com/parks.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.