This past weekend my non-profit, Generation Healthy Kids hosted a Family Fitness in the Park event. The event was possible through a grant funded by the Cooper River Bridge Run. The purpose of the event was to help promote regular physical activity for the entire family and increase opportunity for participation in the Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) by underserved populations. The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It is held every year during the spring in Charleston, SC.
The Family Fitness in the Park event took place downtown Charleston, SC at the Cool Blow Park/Simmons Playground. The event was promoted to local schools and the community through flyers. The workout started off with Zumba followed by stretching and resistance band exercises. Parents and children had fun dancing and working up a sweat. Fabletics helped us keep the sweat out our eyes and hydrated throughout the workout by donating sweatbands and water bottles. The bands were a favorite among the kids. After our 45-minute workout snacks were provided by Earth Fare and Black Bean Co.
Valerie Kirkland founded Generation Healthy Kids, a non-profit focused on combating childhood obesity, and spends most of her time organizing community events and education programs in her area.