On Wednesday, September 14th, Topeka Public Schools held the 7th annual Family Fun Fitness Night at Hummer Sports Park.
The event provided an opportunity for the district’s families and staff members to come together for a night of fun and free physical activities.
Each of our schools hosted wellness booths, as did 30 additional community agencies.
Tammy Austin, TPS Assistant Superintendent and Co-Chair of the district’s Health Council, said that the event is intended to “provide information about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and to encourage daily physical activity and good nutrition as a starting point.” A former physical education teacher herself, Austin is keenly aware of the issues surrounding childhood obesity. “It is one of the most serious health challenges of the 21st century. One in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and this statistic has tripled since the 1960's. It's important that we help our students and their parents understand that genetics can be a factor of obesity, however, most causes of obesity are due to environmental and behavioral factors, which can be preventable with some healthy behavioral changes.”
The event was estimated to be the best-FFFN event yet, with over 2,000 people in attendance.