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Kids, young adults, seniors swing into action

January 29, 2017
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Hide caption Lionel Aguilar, 6, stayed busy during Saturday's Be Active Day, a health promotion event held at the Blue Ridge Mall. The annual event was staged by the Henderson County health department. Stephen Kindland/For the Times-News Beverly Levinson and other staff members at the Henderson County health department wanted to attract a wide variety of people for “Be Active Day,” a health promotion event held Saturday at the Blue Ridge Mall. Their reason was simple: Obesity affects people of all ages, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. “I’m excited to see so many people out here today,” Levinson said as dozens of children, parents, young adults and grandparents played with Hula-Hoops and other toys that encourage physical activity. “Be Active Day” also drew a record 21 vendors representing local businesses, social service agencies and other organizations, further pleasing Levinson, a health promotion coordinator who organized the annual event. “They represent a variety of healthy activities,” she said. “There’s hiking, dancing, exercise — something for everybody.” With nearby recreational resources such as walking and hiking trails at city and local parks, and the Carl Sandburg Home, local health officials say obesity shouldn't be as big an issue as it is. Research conducted by county health departments and other agencies places North Carolina 31st among all states when...

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