Senator Gilmore Kids & Kites day fights childhood obesity with fun

Senator Brenda Gilmore (right) with Tonya Sherrell (left) and a young participant.

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Saturday, May 25, was a beautiful day with just enough breeze for the feature of the afternoon – flying kites.

Senator Brenda Gilmore, along with her daughter, At-large Metro Councilmember Erica Gilmore, and Lois Winston of the Red Hat Society hosted the 10th annual Kids & Kites Day. It was a day for Nashville’s children to spend a fun day with their friends and family while highlighting the fight against childhood obesity and related children’s health issues.

There were kites, Frisbees, a bouncy house, and dancing – all sorts of activities for, as Senator Gilmore says, “Everything we can think of to move, hoping that people can remember those habits and continue when they go home.”
Featured events also included face painting, games, prizes, music, and food.

“Kids and Kites was such a great event,” said one parent. “My boys loved it and encouraged all of us to move more! We will be attending next year for sure.”

“This event serves a diverse number of children, motivates children to empower themselves, and teaches children good citizenship,” said Senator Gilmore.

There were many organizations in attendance offering services and advice on the benefits of physical activity including the Nashville Mayor’s office, Metro Nashville Public School’s Kindergarten Readiness, and the Department of Health with the Alzheimer’s Association.

“It’s really by keeping moving that you reduce risk factors of chronic diseases which can also lead to Alzheimer’s,” said Allysceaeiounn Spears, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Assurance for the state of Tennessee Department of Health.

Each year, the event is used as a fun way to bring the community together to promote healthy living and stress the importance of the activity to reduce childhood obesity.