Reminder: Swedish/Edmonds part of Get Movin’ fitness campaign Saturday

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Jaelyn Woo, 6, tries the long jump to test her fitness at the 2010 Get Movin' Kick Off at Alderwood Mall. (Photo courtesy of Get Movin')

Looking for fun ways to ensure your children are healthy this summer? Join Swedish/Edmonds at the Get Movin’ Kick Off event on Saturday at Alderwood Mall. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., families can register for Get Movin’, receive free health screenings, participate in fun activities and get information on how to have a healthy, active summer.

The Alderwood Mall Kick Off event will feature a variety of health information and screenings, including blood pressure tests, children’s jump rope fitness test, basic vision screening, interactive activities on healthy eating and an “Ask the Doctor” station. Give-aways and door prizes will accompany ongoing fitness activities.

“Swedish/Edmonds is proud to support the Get Movin’ program again this year,” said Leni Heller, Swedish/Edmonds director of preventive care. “With approximately one third of American youth overweight, we believe it’s more important than ever to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children. The health risks of childhood obesity are too important to ignore.”

Get Movin’ is an all-ages, free summer program aimed at motivating Snohomish County families to get movin’ and improve their health by adopting a more active, healthy lifestyle through physical and recreational activities. The Get Movin’ program has three easy steps.  STEP 1:  Get Movin’ – Be physically active 30 minutes a day at least five days a week, all summer long. STEP 2:  Keep Track – stay on track and mark your progress on the Playbook calendar. STEP 3:  Reward Yourself – use a reward coupon each week that you meet the goal.

Participants will receive a Get Movin’ Playbook at registration, which will include program details, a tracking calendar, reward coupons and a t-shirt while supplies last. Visit www.get-movin.org for details about the program and all four kickoff events throughout the county.

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