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Santa Clarita Valley families jump for health

Festival focuses on getting active, eating healthy

Posted: August 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

From left, 12-year-olds Bella Alcazar, Brandon Jacky, and Nick Alcazar cool off in front of the water misting fan at the fifth annual Youth Sports and Healthy Family Festival held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Santa Clarita on Saturday.

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Thousands of people turned out Saturday to run, jump, throw, shoot, paddle, swim and swing at the Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

The primary goal of the event, which attracted more than 2,000 people during its five-hour run, is to get people active, according to Santa Clarita Recreation Superintendent Toi Chisom.

“We want people to move a little bit,” Chisom said. “Whether it’s to run, jump, play, whatever, we want people to get outside and move.”

There was no shortage of movement at the festival. Parents and children played basketball or hit the sand for some volleyball.

Children also had the chance to try their hand at archery, play some street hockey, rock climb or box.

The event also expanded its water sport offerings this year, according to Chisom. Kayaking, paddle-boarding and scuba diving were all spotlighted Saturday.

But the day wasn’t just about getting active, it was about creating healthy habits at home, Chisom said.

The event featured displays that touted the ease and necessity of a well-balanced diet.

A person dressed as a stalk of broccoli directed visitors to various displays on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.

“Our goal is not to say, ‘Don’t eat a cookie,’” Chisom said. “But we’re trying to tell people that you shouldn’t eat cookies all the time.”


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