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With the goal of improving health, Archway will host Youth Fit Fest

Local volunteers with Grady County’s Archway Partnership are kicking off the summer with an event to promote youth fitness and family fun in less than two weeks.
The 2013 Youth Fit Fest will include free kid-friendly workout activities with local trainers, family-oriented activities and information.
Plus, folks will be invited to enjoy hands-on fitness demonstrations, rowing machines, kid’s games, group Zumba and Yoga classes.
Additional activities will include a boot camp exhibition, nutrition information, weight-loss program information, health screenings and more.
The four-hour event will take place at Cairo’s Davis Park and at Roddenbery Memorial Library on Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
In 2011, through the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership, community health and wellness were issues identified by citizens as a top community priority.
A health snapshot report indicates that Grady County is ranked 124th out of 159 Georgia counties in the percentage of obese adults and also ranks worse than the U.S. average of obese adults.
Local chronic disease levels also outpace both state and national averages in areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer rates.
The Youth Fit Fest-Family Health and Wellness Expo was envisioned as a vehicle to address childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles prior to adulthood through education, physical activity, nutritional information and health screenings.
Screenings available at the expo will include blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), heart rate, spinal chiropractic and blood glucose.

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