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Let's get physical

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More than 150 residents converge on Miller Park to participate in a state-wide effort to encourage physical activity.

By Becky Cassell, Editor

A statewide effort to encourage Kentuckians to be more active was a local success.

At least 150 people participated in the 2nd Sunday event at Miller Park this past weekend.

"I think that for the first time, it went really well," said Becky Nash Taylor County's extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

The event was organized by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Services in cooperation with participating government entities.

Kentucky is consistently ranked among the Top 10 states for obesity and obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Two-thirds of Kentuckians are overweight or obese, according to Janet Kurzynske, chair of the nutrition and food science department at the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences.

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, less than a third of Kentucky adults engage in moderate-intensity physical activity five or more days per week.

For Sunday's event, a portion of Miller Park was closed to traffic from 2 to 6 p.m., while residents of all ages participated in a number of activities. Bicycles and skateboards were in abundance, while several children used the park's playground. Others played corn hole or line danced, while large groups walked through the park.

In all, 71 of the state's 120 counties participated in 2nd Sunday, which could become an annual event.

"If there is interest," Nash said, "we would like to do it again."

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.