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9-25-12 North America’s Let’s Move! Day promotes fitness for children
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Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in North America on Sunday headed to tracks, parks and gyms to participate in the annual Let’s Move! Day.  The Seventh-day Adventist church holds this annual day to promote physical activity for people of all ages.
 
 
Adventists participate in the Vibrant Life Health Expo and Fun Run in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, on September 23. The 5K was one of many health and fitness events held across North America on Let's Move! Day. [photo courtesy NAD]
This event is part of the  Adventists InStep for Life initiative, which aims to curb the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting exercise and better nutrition. The Adventist Church is among some 50 other faith and community organizations that pledged to support the United States First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative during its 2010 launch and the church continues partner with national and state health officials to promote healthier lifestyle choices.

The flagship event was held in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, where nearly 1000 participants and volunteers gathered. There, Dr. Ian Smith, a medical expert member of the White House President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition - who also appeared on Vh-1’s Celebrity Fit Club television show-  commended the Adventist Church for its commitment to promoting healthful living. “Seventh-day Adventists being involved in something like this is not only a blessing to the parish and the congregation, but also to the larger community who also feed off of that,” Smith said. “The idea that a group such as large and prestigious as this will do this means that other groups will follow.” Health and Human Services regional director, Dr Michelle Davis, also attended the event and charged participants to continue making healthy choices. All finished the 5K with smiles, including a
 
Watch a video of the Let's Move Day Event in NYC
103 years old centenarian who walked to the finish line and praised God for His gift of life and health.
 
On Sunday, hundreds of Adventist churches, schools and hospitals across the United States, Canada and Bermuda hosted a variety of events, from health fairs and screenings to walks and 5-kilometer races.
 
 
  Dr. Ian Smith speaks at the Let's Move! Day flagship event in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. [photo: Rohann Wellington]
 
The Apopka Adventist Church in Florida hosted a 5k run and a health fair. Across the country, in Tacoma, Washington, the Mount Tahoma Adventist Church held a fitness walk at a local middle school track.  

Sensational Seniors of Bellfort Adventist Church in Houston, Texas, hosted a walk in a park, as did the Knoxville First Adventist Church in Tennessee.

In Texas, Huguley Hospital partnered with local Adventist schools and other organizations to host a fun day filled with physical activity and health education stations.
 
Many events were held by Adventist churches and schools in Maryland, a state home the church’s world headquarters near Washington, D.C. The Northeast Adventist Church in Parkville hosted active games. Other church members and their community friends walked and biked along the C & O Canal starting in Williamsport.
 
In Canada, the Prince Albert Adventist Church in Saskatchewan hosted a six-mile hike, while Spanish and Filipino churches in Montreal organized a 5k fun run. In Bermuda, a major partnership among Adventist church institutions and national health officials provided for a successful and impactful event.

Many schools continue this effort during Let’s Move Week which goes from the 23-29 of September adding credit miles to the 1 million mile goal.
 
Katia Reinert, Health Ministries director for the church in North America, said the Let’s Move! Day is an opportunity for the church to bring its message of healthful living to the community by creating partnerships and modeling an active lifestyle.  

“As a church we have long talked about the importance of not just healthy minds and hearts but also healthy bodies,” Reinert said. “Our culture is coming to grips with its health crises and we have a message for our times.”

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Reported by Adventist News Network and the North American Division
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