This past weekend, hundreds of First Coast residents ages 1 to 89 came out for the I’m A Star Foundation’s 9th Annual Let’s Move Jacksonville event held at Klutho Park,.
Communities in Schools (CIS) won the $1000 Eric Daniel Johnson award for bringing out the most people to the event for the ninth time. The award is named after its former directer.
Taking inspiration from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, Let’s Move Jacksonville calls the community to eat healthy, get active and take action as a whole.
The I’m A Star Foundation came up with idea after Founder Betty Burney presented research explaining their generation (Gen Z) may not outlive their parents because of childhood obesity.
The solution-oriented students designed the event for ages, with activities including line dancing, square dancing, kickball, flag football, cheerleading, basketball, golf, soccer, martial arts, boxing, face painting, bounce houses, hula hooping, tennis, walking, fitness workshops, healthy cooking demonstrations, a Golden Zone for Seniors, and yoga.
There was also a “Take Action” Panel of influencers. The 30-minute Q&A explored how art, organizing and love can shape the health of Jacksonville. Panelists were Shawana Brooks (Art Curator, Jax Library Makerspace), Dante Jennings (Jax Urban League Young Professionals), and Jay Harris (The Ville Church).
93.3 The Beat Jamz’ Dr. Fitness and the Jacksonville Association of Exercise and Nutrition Professionals collaborated with the STARS to capture metrics and track progress at the event.
There was a raffle for an Apple Watch giveaway.
For more information or to get your youth involved, visit imastarfoundation.org to get involved.
Shown at the event getting motivated are Chet Aikens, Kourtney Wesley, Darryl Willie and Councilman Newby as Duval County Superintendent Diane Greene revs up the crowd.