Children's health festival offers fun ways to keep fit - - Jackson, MS

Children's health festival offers fun ways to keep fit

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Kids' health and fitness took center stage Saturday in the capital city.

A Children's Health Festival at the Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum offered lots of fun ways to exercise and fight obesity.

There were obstacle courses that their got feet moving and blood pumping.

From the bouncy house to giant slides, youngsters participated in all sorts of fitness challenges.

Families also learned about healthy food choices.

Doctors were on hand providing free blood pressure, dental, hearing and vision screenings.

"We want the kids to come away with the knowledge of I want a piece of fruit instead of that. I want to work out instead of sit in front of the TV. So we're offering all of the activities here for kids to do to kind of entice them and if they're not already working out then jump start that," said UnitedHealthcare Mississippi CEO Gerald Kiplinger.

The event was sponsored by UnitedHealthcare and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

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