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Apr. 20, 2012, 10:59 AM
Mayor Karl Dean is bringing a free citywide Field Day to Nashville as his newest health challenge event, and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a proud supporter of the event.
Mayor’s Field Day with the Tennessee Titans will take place at LP Field from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, as a way for residents to come together and learn fun ways to be active outdoors. The event will feature an obstacle course and educational fitness fair, as well as on-field games such as a classic sack race, water relay and fun team-movement activities in a relaxed, tournament-style format.
Field Day will be entirely free and is open to the public. Youth and adults of all ages and fitness levels are invited to come play where the Titans play. The event is hosted in partnership with the Tennessee Titans, and current and former Titans players, Titans cheerleaders and Titans mascot T-RAC will participate in the day’s activities.
Mayor’s Field Day builds on the momentum of last year’s Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor program, in which more than 4,000 people participated, and the Mayor’s 5K Challenge Walk/Run, which drew more than 5,000 participants last fall.
“Obesity is a major problem in our state and increases the risk of a number of deadly diseases, including heart disease and diabetes,” Dean said. “We have been working aggressively on improving the health of our residents for a while now with fitness challenges, offering healthier food choices in our schools and farmers’ markets and promoting places to exercise, like our parks and greenways. A community field day continues that commitment and is a great way to show our citizens, and particularly our young people, that the key to good health is being physically active, and you can do that in a lot of fun ways.”
Healthy snacks and water stations will be provided during the Mayor’s Field Day, and the new Cumberland Park will be open on the East Bank just south of the stadium for attendees interested in packing a picnic lunch. In addition, the LP Field parking lot will be open for tailgating, and food trucks will be on site offering healthy meal options for purchase. Free parking will be available at LP Field in lots A, B, C and D.
Games and activities are intended for teams of 10 participants each. Children 5 years of age or older and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate. Each team must be captained by one adult (18 years of age or older). Team captains do not need to have a completed team when they first register. Additional members may join at a later time. Individuals and smaller teams are welcome to register but may be partnered with other groups to complete activities.
Volunteers are needed for this event. There will be two shifts: 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To volunteer, contact Mary Pat Teague.
Contact: Bonna Johnson, (615) 862-6461
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