Sunday, March 18, 2012
The signs of spring are all around us and it is time to get out and enjoy the warm weather! Take a trip to Liberty Park and challenge yourself with a mile walking route at Tracey Aviary. With only $1 admission fees on Wednesdays, this is a perfect opportunity for you to explore some of the highlights of Salt Lake City. Park on the south end of Liberty Park (off of 1300 South) and walk north to the entrance (approximately 0.30 miles). Next, get to know the birds and participate in free-flight encounters and amazon adventures (see attached map). The walking path is paved, flat, and appropriate terrain for young children and elderly individuals.
One of the most serious public health concerns facing our nation today is the childhood obesity epidemic. Evidence indicates that overweight children are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as type II diabetes and hypertension, which may compromise their quality of life in adulthood. With one in five Utah elementary school children being classified as either overweight or obese, it is critical that they are encouraged to participate in physical activity to reduce their likelihood of preventable health complications.
Track-It SLC aims to increase the amount of physical activity children engage in by providing caregivers with diverse walking routes and associated distances for recreational attractions throughout Salt Lake.
We encourage everyone to share their walking experiences in Salt Lake, request distances for new locations, and become integrated with a network of caregivers united to increase the amount of physical activity that they and their children participate in.