Inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move initiative. Each year, STAR teen influencers design the event to include everyone from ages 1 to 100. In partnership with JaxParks, STARS fill the 19 acre public park with hundreds of participants and activities including everything from line dancing and flag football, to cheerleading and to hula hooping in addition to fitness workshops, Zumba, healthy cooking demonstrations and more.
I’m A Star Foundation teens were front and center for their milestone 10th Let’s Move Jacksonville, a big field day embracing health, wellness and self-care. The event took place at Klutho Park, in downtown Springfield. Local news anchors and exercise gurus hosted the event to encourage the crowd to enjoy a variety of activities.
The Let’s Move Jacksonville event, that addressed childhood obesity, began in 2010 and held its 9th event in 2019 and was postponed two years due to COVID-19. Jacksonville is ranked #71 out of 100 cities by the American Health Index. Let’s Move Jax Co-Chair Raegan Lee, 12, says she and fellow STAR students design the event atmosphere to shift attitudes and improve that ranking. “We want people to feel attached to the event, intrigued by it,” she says. In addition to other free healthy foods, attendees can access a free fresh produce market and take home leafy greens and vegetables.