Press release from the House Democratic Caucus; March 20, 2012:
NASHVILLE, TN –(March 19, 2012) – State Rep. Brenda Gilmore is asking everyone to come by Bicentennial Mall Saturday for Kids & Kites Day, the third annual event to help fight childhood obesity.
“We hope that everyone will join us Saturday in this event for the whole family,” said Gilmore (D-Nashville). “All children should bring a kite, their friends and families to Bicentennial Mall Saturday, where we’ll fill the air with fun and beautiful colors.
“We want everyone to get moving to raise awareness for the need to stamp out childhood obesity.”
The event, which was a resounding success last year, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bicentennial Mall, 600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville.
There will also be free kites and a “Kids and Kites Healthy Walk” will be led by Mayor Karl Dean. Wii Games will be given away to the top Kite Flyer and Walker. Every child and young person that attends will receive a free gift and there will be free food for everyone.
Childhood “overweight” represents children who are in the 95th percentile of all children’s combination of weight and height measurements. Children “at risk for overweight” includes children who are in the 85th to the 95th percentile of all children measured, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.
There is an overweight epidemic among children both nationally and in Tennessee. According to the measurements of over 30,000 students by Coordinated School Health and Tennessee Department of Health staff in 2006, 43% of all Tennessee children are either at-risk for overweight or overweight.
“We need to make sure our children know how important it is to get outside, have some fun and get some exercise,” Gilmore said. “Developing this habit early on makes for happier, healthier and more successful adults.”
Kids and Kites organizers this year include: District 54 State Representative, Brenda Gilmore, District 19 Councilmember, Erica Gilmore, Fantasia in Red of the Red Hat Society, Lois Winston, Community Leader Tonya Sherrell, and Joan Randall of Vanderbilt Institute of Obesity for this exciting event to motivate our children to exercise.
Recently many newspaper and magazine articles have emphasized a need for Americans to lead a healthier lifestyle, specifically more exercise and a more balanced diet. Most recently First Lady, Michelle Obama, has called attention to obesity in our children.
Kids and Kites will be a response to help Tennessee children combat childhood obesity.
“In years past our children use to run, jump, dance, and play physically challenging games to have fun,” Gilmore said. “Flying kites was a favorite activity for spring. Today kite-making and flying is almost a lost art. Few of today’s youngsters have ever made a kite and only a few more have flown kites.”