March 23, 2001

It's Time For San Diegans To Get Up and Get Healthy!

"Get Up! San Diego" Event in South Bay March 31 Encourages People to Exercise, Eat Right

The arrival of spring is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes.

So, as part of Public Health Week, April 2-7, the county Health and Human Services Agency is sponsoring "Get Up! San Diego," a fun, family event to teach people about the benefits of making healthy food choices and adding physical activity to their lives.

"I encourage everyone in San Diego, and especially South Bay residents, to `Get Up!' on Saturday, March 31 to learn new ways of maintaining their health," urged First District Supervisor Greg Cox. "Every family in the County will have fun learning and participating in exciting activities at this great health event. I'm not going to miss it!"

The event, which features dancing to the popular local band "Makai," is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 31, at the Chula Vista Center. The mall is located at Fifth Avenue and H Street in Chula Vista. Everyone who "gets moving" will get a free Get Up! San Diego T-shirt. Also, fruit and vegetable Beanie Babies will be given to children, and healthy eating and health information will be on hand. And radio station Magic 92.5 will be on hand to play tunes and offer giveaways.

Get Up! San Diego is a campaign to encourage all San Diegans to improve their health by eating right and adding physical activity to their lives. Statistics show that too many people, especially in communities of color, tend to be sedentary and consume fewer fruits and vegetables.

"Making better food choices and exercising regularly can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer," said George Flores, county Public Health Officer. "Helping county residents create healthier lifestyles is one of our main public health goals."

Get Up! San Diego is sponsored by the county Health and Human Services Agency and the state Department of Health Services, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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