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Post Date:01/15/2020 3:00 PM

bodywalk release

Yuma County Public Health District’s AZ Health Zone, in partnership with Yuma County Library District, is bringing its annual Body Walk event for area 3rd graders to encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives. The event is set up at the Yuma Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Yuma, AZ from February 3rd through February 7th, 2020 for pre-reserved schools to attend at 9:00 AM every day.  There is also a second session beginning at 12:00 noon every day except Friday. 

New this year!  There will be two sessions open to the public, giving more people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy this educational, interactive tour of the human body while learning why and how to practice healthy habits. The public sessions will be held on Monday February 3rd from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and Thursday February 6th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Attendance will be by reservation only for a maximum of 150 participants for each two-hour session.  Those wanting to attend a public session can contact Suzanne Cooper by phone at (928) 317-4632 or email Suzanne Cooper to reserve their slot. The deadline to reserve is January 24th, 2020.

Body Walk complements and reinforces the nutrition and physical activity education that AZ Health Zone staff regularly provides in elementary schools and community sites throughout the year.

The ‘body’ tour consists of 7 stations. Participants have the opportunity to meet interesting costumed characters such as Sir Eebrum and Lady Sara Bellum (Brain), Dr. McKavity and Mickey Molar (Mouth), and Construction Workers who build better bones (Bone).  The tour culminates at Body Walk Safety Boot Camp where participants practice pedestrian and fire safety through fun active games.

As a result of Body Walk…

  • Linking nutrition, health and physical activity will help reinforce positive health behaviors and raise the value placed on health.
  • Participants will learn skills needed to practice lifelong healthy behaviors.
  • There will be greater awareness among parents, school personnel and community members of the importance of teaching and modeling healthy behaviors.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to our community partners and the hundreds of volunteers representing local agencies that have signed up so far to support Body Walk:

AWC, NAU, Kofa High School, Cibola High School, Gila Ridge High School, Sunset Community Health Center, Customs and Border Protection Community Liaison, City of Yuma Fire Department, YCPHSD Health Promotions Division, Indian Health Services, Yuma County Courts, Yuma County ITS, Yuma County EP, Yuma County Adult Probation, First Things First, Yuma County Board of Supervisors and Yuma County Library District. 

For more information on Body Walk please contact Suzanne Cooper at (928) 317-4632.

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