Obesity and its related illnesses impact Hispanics disproportionately than other populations. Researchers and students at the University of Houston join the Hispanic Health Coalition, National Alliance and hundreds of Houston families in encouraging all to “Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!”—a walk-a-thon and host of fun activities to stay active and stay healthy.
The event is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at Mason Park, 541 S. 75th St. Families can enjoy salsa, yoga, golf, healthy food demonstrations and a walk-a-thon led by Ricardo Torres-Nava, the first Hispanic to climb Mount Everest.
“We want to show families that healthy living isn’t a chore. It’s fun and it’s easy,” said Norma Olvera, professor of educational psychology and vice president of the Hispanic Health Coalition. “These events are for people of all shapes, sizes and ages.”
Olvera developed the program BOUNCE, Behavior Opportunities Uniting Counseling Nutrition and Education, a healthy-lifestyle program that targets minority middle-school girls and their parents. BOUNCE girls will lead the yoga sessions and food preparations and distribute family-friendly tips on how to stay active, eat healthy and live well. Additionally, they’ve prepared 240 bags of healthy snack mix to hand out to participants.
BOUNCE has been a supporter of “Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!” for the last three years.
Other groups participating in the event are the Houston Texans, the Houston Dynamos, Texas Children’s Hospital, Harris County Hospital District, the American Heart Association and the YMCA.
“We look forward to seeing many Houston families playing together and learning how to live well,” said Olvera.
For more information on “Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving! visit http://vivetuvida.org/
For more information on BOUNCE visit http://bounce.uh.edu/
WHAT: “Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6
WHERE: Mason Park, 541 S. 75th St., 77023
Parking entrance is located off 75th street.
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