GET FIT AT HEALTHY LUBBOCK DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu or Lindsay Davis, lindsay.davis@ttuhsc.edu


The second annual Healthy Lubbock Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at Maxey Park, located at 30th Street and Oxford Avenue. The event is a part of the Healthy Lubbock Initiative’s plan to make Lubbock the healthiest city in Texas by educating citizens about the benefits of exercise and good nutrition.

“We’re trying to encourage families to be more active and have fun doing it,” said Liz Inskip-Paulk, director of Community Programs for the Office of Rural and Community Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. “We want people to see that you can be fit and still have fun.”

The fun-filled day will include paddle boats, a climbing wall, a bouncy castle, soccer, a bicycle rodeo, egg and spoon races and many prizes. Representatives from Safety City will host a bicycle-safety clinic, and a new bicycle, donated by Coca Cola, will be given away. All events are free to the public.

Those attending the event can park in a lot located next to Maxey Park. Concessions will be for sale, and all profits will benefit the Healthy Lubbock Initiative.

Sponsors for Healthy Lubbock Day include Body Works, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Parenting Cottage, Community Health Center of Lubbock (CHCL) and Healthy Lubbock Initiative.

The Healthy Lubbock Initiative is a community-driven collaborative approach to address the growing health crisis of obesity and associated medical problems. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., initiated the program in June 2003. The program aims to teach people to make healthy behavioral choices for themselves and their families.

If you would like to help volunteer at Healthy Lubbock Day, or if you need more information, contact Liz Inskip-Paulk at 743-1338 or email her at elizabeth.paulk@ttuhsc.edu.