Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic
Site host Strong4Life Atlanta
Free Family Fun Day on Auburn Avenue
WHAT: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in partnership with the National Park Service, will host Strong4Life Atlanta on Saturday, October 8. The event is a free community festival promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
One of the top health issues facing Georgia kids today is childhood obesity. Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is tackling the crisis with a statewide movement called Strong4Life. Strong4Life is the largest public awareness campaign on childhood obesity and wellness to ever hit Georgia, along with programs, partnerships and clinical intervention to help and support kids when and where they need it.
Families are invited to experience the four pillars of Strong4Life: Eat Right, Be Active, Get Support and Have Fun. Attendees will enjoy cooking demonstrations from Chef Marvin Woods, America’s Healthy Chef, sample healthy foods and connect with community resources available to help them live a healthy lifestyle. The Strong4Life team will lead kids in fun activities, including an obstacle course, relay races, dance parties and a hula hoop contest. The event also offers families a chance to win raffle prizes and take home special giveaways.
To kick off the event, families are invited to participate in a Strong4Life Historic Walk, a U.S. Park Ranger-guided walk through the Old Fourth Ward “Sweet Auburn” neighborhood at 10 a.m. Live entertainment and activities will begin after the walk.
WHEN: Saturday, October 8
10 a.m. – Strong4Life Historic Walk
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Strong4Life Fun and Activities
WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave.Auburn Avenue between Boulevard and Howell, Downtown Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service in downtown Atlanta, memorializes America’s most revered Civil Rights Movement leader. Authorized by Congress in 1980, the park preserves the Auburn Avenue neighborhood where Dr. King was born, where he lived, worked, worshiped, and where he is buried, for the benefit, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is one of Atlanta’s top visitor destinations, drawing over 700,000 visitors annually. All attractions are free.
Chef Marvin Woods, America’s Healthy Chef
Chef Marvin is the first chef chosen by Michelle Obama to kick off the Let's Cook! web series for the Let's Move! campaign. He travels the country educating and motivating kids and parents to focus on positive ways to reduce childhood obesity and other children's health issues. Visit www.chefmarvinwoods.com for more information.