Heart of Largo-Eat Smart! Play Hard! Update
LARGO - Attention Largo parents, do your kids eat smart and play hard? 63.2% of Pinellas County residents are overweight or obese which can lead to heart disease, type II diabetes, cancer and even death. The Largo community including the Pinellas County Health Department, City of Largo, Largo Recreation, Parks, & Arts, Pinellas County Schools, R' Club, and the YMCA of the Suncoast have come together to increase public awareness of childhood obesity.
The mission of Heart of Largo is to achieve and maintain healthy weights among early elementary school children through multi-level, community-driven, environmental change. The focus will be on increased knowledge, awareness and opportunities through healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle. Heart of Largo will reach the community through participation in community events, programs that support a healthy lifestyle, the Healthy Choices Restaurant Program, community partnerships, and school cafeterias.
The Heart of Largo campaign was officially kicked off with the Heart of Largo calendar contest. Largo school children in grades 1-3 participated in a drawing contest showing a healthy message and 13 winners were chosen to be printed in a calendar. The first place winner is Nadya, a third grader from Oakhurst Elementary. Her artwork is currently featured on a billboard located on East Bay Drive. The Mayor and City Commission of Largo showed their appreciation to Nadya at the City Commission meeting January 20th. Look for the Heart of Largo logo around town.
For more information on ways to play in Largo, please visit www.playlargo.com.
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