Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., join the Killeen Independent School District in promoting health and wellness throughout the community.

The free, annual KISD Family Fitness and Wellness Fair at the athletic fields at the Killeen Community Center provides an array of opportunities for people of all ages to learn how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity in their lives.

“Today, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity are among the most serious health risks in America,” said Steve Murphy, Killeen ISD director of school nutrition. The fair is designed to tackle these ailments in the Killeen community.

The day will kick off with a 1.5-mile family fun run at 8 a.m.

Throughout the afternoon, the district will offer free blood pressure and BMI screenings and visits with a dietician, along with healthy snacks, martial arts demonstrations and more. Chiropractors, massage therapists, doctors and fitness instructors will highlight their services for the community.

“The overall goal … is to raise awareness of childhood obesity and (show) how to combat this issue and to empower parents and families to look at implementing strategies and practices that will positively impact their overall health and wellness,” said Brenda Smith, district specialist, parent and community engagement. The key is to keep the environment fun-filled and family-oriented, she said.

Fitness experts will do just that when they show off two cardio dance crazes: Zumba and Bokwa. For aspiring athletes, an NFL player clinic will allow fans to learn tips from the pros, including Roy Miller and Juaquin Iglesias.

Central Texas College’s culinary school will offer cooking demonstrations and healthy snacks from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The demos were some of the biggest draws last year, Smith said.

“These items will be quick and easy for working moms to provide to children with little effort,” Murphy said.

Ultimately, Murphy hopes the event will lead to more children moving. “All of the outside activities featured at the fair may assist in getting children used to playing outdoors. This would result in them spending less time sitting at home playing with their electronic devices,” he said.

The events are at the Killeen Community Center grounds, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

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