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June 18, 2013 > Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival

Submitted By Isa Polt-Jones
Photos By Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District

Bring the family for a day of healthful fun at the "Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival" Saturday, June 22 at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont. In partnership with U.S. Forest Service, this free festival features outdoor recreation and healthy lifestyle options for everyone. This fun day in the park promises an abundance of entertainment - multicultural performers, guided nature walks, a Kids' Zone with nature programs, arts and crafts, free giveaways, and food vendors.

Learn to cook healthful and tasty organic recipes with Chef Brenda La Noue of Golden Gate Organics; get moving with Zumba dancing, mariachis, and yoga; or visit our many community booths for inspiration to get fit. An array of activities and demonstrations include: aerobics with Carmen Bogan, Ballet Folklorico Nacional, Dahn Yoga, Golden Lion Martial Arts Academy, Laughter Yoga with Annie Goglia of Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club, Mariachi Jalisco Band, Peruvian Singer and Puppeteer Susy Dorn, Rap Artist Sean Shavers, and Master Park Castillo Tae Kwon Do. Hungry? Delicious food will be for sale by Frozen Kuhsterd & Pancit Noodles, and Kung Fu Tacos.

Information booths and activities:
California Wushu Academy, Dahn Yoga, Greenfields Fitness Equipment, the Mission Peak Fly Anglers, and others. Education, arts and crafts booths hosted by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Macaroni Kid, and On Lok Lifeways.

Environmental education:
Alameda County Water District, Alameda County Master Gardeners, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and Union Sanitary District.

Healthy Living & Eating:
Physique Wellness, the American Heart Association, Tri-City Health Center, Washington Township Medical Foundation and others.

Kids Zone hosted by the US Forest Service and EBRPD will offer children a chance to earn a "junior ranger" badge. Visitors are also invited to learn about the national "Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors" Art Contest at the EBRPD booth.

This Festival is part of Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area, a collaborative health and parks initiative established in 2012, representing 29 organizations in nine Bay Area counties. Organizations are from parks and open space, healthcare, and public health as well as educational institutions.

"The goal is to coordinate programmatic efforts and raise awareness through public education and healthcare about the symbiotic value of health and parks," says EBRPD Community Relations Manager Mona Koh. "Our vision is for all East Bay residents to be healthy, engaging in outdoor activities in the parks, as well as to be good stewards of our open space, shorelines, and parks so that all future generations can enjoy them."

Volunteers can contribute in many ways from coastal cleanup and trail maintenance to serving as park docents and ambassadors. To get involved, visit http://www.ebparks.org/getinvolved/volunteer.

The "Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival" is produced by East Bay Regional Park District, Regional Parks Foundation, and USDA Forest Service, with sponsorship from Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital, Cargill, and Kraft. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 1- (888) 327-2757 or visit www.ebparks.org.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival
Saturday, June 22
11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
1- (888) 327-2757
http://www.ebparks.org/features/hphpfestival_2013
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