The Seattle Chapter of the national service organization, Jack and Jill of America, is partnering with corporations and community groups locally to host Urban Games 2016 – a free community health and fitness event filled with education and fun for the entire family.
Now in its fourth year, Urban Games 2016 provides an entertaining afternoon designed to engage young people ages 5-22 about their physical health and the health of their communities. Activities will include indoor/outdoor Olympic-style games, open swim, 3 on 3 basketball, fitness workshops, health and dental screenings, athletic physicals, CPR training, cooking demonstrations, healthy treats, health information and tips, performances by local artists and authors, appearances by celebrity athletes, free helmets and fittings, face painting, bouncy house, and so much more.
Public health statistics show fewer than one in four King County kids are getting the recommended levels of physical activity. Loria Yeadon, who chairs the Seattle chapter of Jack and Jill’s Foundation Committee, said promoting good health through nutrition and exercise is important, especially for young people who can use the guidance to develop healthy lifelong habits.
The goals of Urban Games 2016 align with the Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s strategy of encouraging youth to lead and promote healthy lifestyles, including healthy nutrition and exercise.
“The environment we create each year is one that fosters character building and gives our children and teens the tools and knowledge to take responsibility for their own health,” says Yeadon.
Yeadon says the Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill is excited to provide such a meaningful event for the entire community, but especially for the African American community. The intention is to build awareness around the risks and prevention of childhood obesity as well as other healthcare risks prevalent in the African American community.
Urban Games partners include Jack and Jill of America, Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Group Health, The Austin Foundation, The Trufant Foundation, Swedish Medical Center, Walgreens, Starbucks Black Partner Network, Rite Aid RediClinic, Essex Community Outreach and other local nonprofits and community organizations.
WHO: Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill of America
WHAT: Urban Games 2016
WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2016 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Garfield Community Center, 2323 Cherry Street, Seattle, WA