Family Fit Day promotes healthy living

Family Fit Day promotes healthy living
Family Fit Day 2018 in City Park (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Whether you run, walk or jump your way into an active lifestyle, Healthy Baton Rouge is advising residents to just do it.

"We have some of the poorest health outcomes here in the parish," said Jared Hymowitz, Director of Healthy BR. "We've been moving a long way and we're moving towards being a healthier community, but it's going to take everyone coming together."

Healthy BR, in partnership with Ochsner Health System, Our Lady of the Lake, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome hosted the 5th annual Family Fit Day at City Park.

The free event featured fitness classes like zumba, yoga, karate, and pilates throughout the day.

Gracie Perkins, a fitness instructor who offered a class, has been guiding dozens to an active life through dancing.

"I believe in using the music," Perkins said. "Music becomes a stimulant and then you have no stress. I tell them we are wealthy because we are healthy. No amount of money in the world can take this from us."

19 days away from being 77 years old, Perkins has been using dance as her workout tool for 30 years.

"My mom used to say age isn't nothing but a number and I believe that. It's how we take care of our bodies," the fitness instructor said. "We only have one so, we have to take care of that body."

Healthy BR said their mission is to shift the way people think about leading an active lifestyle starting with children learning how to eat a well-balanced diet.

"If you're 65 years old or 5 years old, you can be active in this parish," Hymowitz said. "We know it takes a small incremental change to make a culture shift to promoting being healthy."

Lauren Simmons, with Baton Rouge General, said promoting healthy living needs to start when you're young.

"If they have a healthy background when they're young. It's better and easier for them to continue that on through adulthood," Simmons said.

Healthy BR said East Baton Rouge Parish is moving in a better direction, but it takes everyone encouraging health, to get fit.

"Being healthy is a lifestyle change," Hymowitz said. "It starts small by walking 30 minutes a day."

The event also featured the first annual Family Fit Day 4K. Proceeds from the race with benefit local nonprofits and Healthy BR.

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