Longest Day of Play set for Thursday

File photo by Seth Dukes | McLean County News

Ansley Donahue enjoys the water slide at last year's Longest Day of Play event at Myer Creek Park.

McLean County's annual Longest Day of Play, a free event that promotes overall health and fitness, is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Myer Creek Park. There will be water games, inflatables, relay games and more. Lots of prizes will be given away, including a grand prize of two bikes.

The purpose of the event, which is typically scheduled for the longest day of each year, is to help promote physical activity. The McLean Cooperative Extension helps organize the event.

Amanda Dame, family and consumer sciences extension agent, said that the event helps promote healthy lifestyles in an effort to decrease obesity.

"With Kentucky and McLean County ranking high for obesity rate, it is important to provide opportunities for families to learn and be encouraged to become more active," said Dame. "Myer Creek Park is a great location for the event because it can be accessed for free year round and provides a lot of different ways to be active for families."

The event aims to both encourage the next generation to be more physically active in order to decrease these numbers and

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encourages adults to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle to their children.

"As parents and grandparents, it is important to role model the behaviors we want our children to develop," said Dame. "The overall goal of the program is to encourage and give ideas to families on ways to be physically active."

According to kentuckyhealthfacts.org, approximately 32 percent of adults in McLean County are estimated to be obese, which is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher.

Body mass index is equal to weight in pounds divided by height in inches squared and then multiplied by 703. Approximately 74 percent of adults in McLean County are estimated to be overweight, which is defined as having a BMI of 25 or higher.

For more information, contact the McLean County Cooperative Extension Office at 270-273-3621.

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