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Gwinnett Parks Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day

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BubblesHundreds of thousands of children nationwide, including here in Gwinnett will take part in a grassroots movement to discover America”s parks through play on Saturday, May 18, to commemorate National Park Trust”s (NPT) third annual National Kids to Parks Day.# A free event at Shorty Howell invites families to bring a picnic lunch for outdoor play, wildlife education, and Kids” crafts.# A Bike Rodeo at Bogan Park will provide supplies needed to decorate your bike, challenge a friend to a bike relay race, and get bike and helmet safety checks for $6.

The obesity epidemic touches nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels in children. Gwinnett County is encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.# On May 18, families are encouraged to attend these events and submit photos of their adventures to Buddy@BuddyBison.org for possible inclusion in NPT”s national map commemorating the day.

National Kids to Parks Day is endorsed by Department of Interior”s Youth in the Great Outdoors, America”s State Parks, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, Children”s National Medical Center, Boy Scouts of America, US#Army Corps of Engineers, Children & Nature Network, National Environmental Education Foundation and officially in support of the First Lady”s Let Move Outside! initiative to get more youth and families to be active and live healthier.# For more information call 678-277-0905 for Shorty Howell Park, or 678-277-0850 for Bogan Park or visit www.gwinnettparks.com.