By SARAH MCSORLEY
Families across Kennesaw attended the city’s third-annual Worldwide Day of Play fitness event at Swift Cantrell Park on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event was a free celebration held by the Parks and Recreation Department to promote the physical activity of children and parents in the Kennesaw community.
Activities offered ranged from playground games and relay challenges to Zumba and Fitness Synergy classes in order to incorporate the interests of all age groups.
Attendees were encouraged to bring a towel, water and weights to enjoy the event and learn more about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Herds were one of the many families that attended the event and enjoyed the message.
“My sons and I attended the Day of Play event for a fun morning in the park,” says Kennesaw mother Sharon Herd. “They both had such a wonderful time playing games with the other kids and we hope to see the city hold more events like it.”
The Herds own a local small business and are an active family in the Kennesaw community. Mrs. Herd says she frequently visits Swift Cantrell Park for fun activities with her children, ages four and six, and believe it to be the ideal place to hold the event.
The Kennesaw City Parks and Recreation Department began hosting their own Worldwide Day of Play event in September of 2012 and plans to continue to hold it for years to come, according to the department’s Facebook page.
The event was sponsored by WellStar, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Marietta, Ryan Family Chiropractic, The Bounce House, and SCANA Energy.
“I am thrilled to see that the city is making an effort to promote family fitness,” says LA Fitness general manager Zach George.
He feels that Kennesaw is doing a great thing for the community by showing families how to manage health.
“As a manager of a fitness center, I know the importance of adopting healthy habits at a young age and Worldwide Day of Play is a perfect way to promote that,” said George.
The Worldwide Day of Play is an international annual event to encourage kids to turn off the television and play outside. The pro-health initiative is led by Nickelodeon TV network to inspire kids and families to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The network airs their Let’s Just Play campaign which ends in September of each year, then advertises the Worldwide Day of Play for the last Saturday of the month.
On WWDP the network suspends programming on all of its channels – Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, and TeenNick – and website from noon to 3 p.m.
The campaign began in 2003 and millions of children and adults are expected to participate in “thousands of events in dozens of countries,” according to Viacom, the owner of the Nickelodeon networks.
The Kennesaw department was recognized as the Georgia Recreation and Park Association 2011 Agency of the Year and has since been committed to raising awareness about health and wellness throughout the community.
Upcoming events and activities are frequently updated on the department’s Facebook page and website.