County produces Family Fiesta
A free event featuring live music, games, and activities is taking place in Roosevelt Park this Saturday.
The Kent County Health Department’s Kent County Health Connect and nearly 20 community partners are co-sponsoring the second annual Family Fiesta from 1-4 p.m., Aug. 15, at Roosevelt Park in Grand Rapids.
The free event invites families and individuals of all ages to enjoy a day filled with scheduled activities and games, such as live music and dance, Zumba, bike repairs and a salsa challenge. The Family Fiesta also includes free healthy snacks and an opportunity to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables from the YMCA Veggie Van.
Family Fiesta at Roosevelt Park is co-sponsored along with the KCHC by a number of community organizations: Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, Roosevelt Park Ministries, Cook Arts Center, Cook Library, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Habitat for Humanity, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and LINC Community Revitalization Inc.
Additional community partners include Kent School Services Network, the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Roosevelt Park CRC, The Spoke Folks, The Navigators, The Edge, Voluntarios Unidos, UCOM, Plaster Creek Stewards and Wellspring Lutheran SRVS-PAILALEN.
Kent County Health Connect
KCHC is a countywide initiative and program supported by a national program known as the Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The group of community partners strive to connect those who live, work, and play in the county with resources and initiatives that focus on healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living and clinical preventative services.
Adam London, health officer of the KCHD, said children should be getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day for good health.
“When kids and parents play together, families can be healthier,” said London.