Snohomish County Parks and Recreation will be a local host for activities connected to the 15th Annual Family Health & Fitness Day on Sept. 24.
Family Health & Fitness Day USA is the largest national health and fitness event for families. The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, which is an important factor in motivating people to exercise, according to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.
“Supporting efforts to increase good health benefits the entire community,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Exercise and good eating habits promote better health and longer life, but they also decrease costs associated with medical expenses and lost work time due to illness.”
From 3 to 6 p.m. at Willis Tucker Community Park, families and individuals can learn more about the benefits of walking, running and biking on Snohomish County’s extensive Regional Trail System; participate in Zumba and martial arts demonstrations; take guided walks through Willis Tucker Community Park with Snohomish County Park Rangers as they discuss native flora and fauna; and visit with staff from the Mill Creek Y.
In addition, several of the park’s Friday Farmer’s Market booths will be present, including Frontier Flyers Honey from Lake Stevens, Huckleberry Corn with Kettle Corn, along with local produce, offering families and individuals a chance to purchase low-cost, fresh food.
The event at Willis Tucker will be one of hundreds across the nation, with non-competitive activities such as walking events, low-impact exercises and health and fitness festivals. Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a public-private partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for consumer health information.
For more information about the Family Health and Fitness Day at Willis Tucker Community Park, contact Tony Trofimczuk at 425-388-6604.