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Encourage Kids to Go Healthy at the Zoo

Beginning Sept. 21, the American Heart Association and Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park will partner for the first annual Central New York Go Healthy Month Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt takes kids throughout the park searching for animals that will provide them with clues which reveal a healthy message at the end. Kids who de-code the message will win a prize!

Today, childhood obesity is one of our nation's leading health threats with about 12 million kids overweight, and 12 million more at risk. The obesity epidemic is clearly taking its toll, as more and more kids are developing conditions and diseases typically associated with adults.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, is taking preemptive measures against childhood obesity to ensure that future generations won't struggle with illnesses associated with poor food choices and lack of physical activity. The Alliance has designated the month of September as Go Healthy Month to focus efforts on preventing childhood obesity and creating healthier lifestyles for all children.

The goal of Go Healthy Month is to empower kids to live longer, stronger, healthier lives and combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

Any kids interested in participating in the Go Healthy Scavenger Hunt can pick up their free scavenger hunt at the Zoo's front gate between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily (through October 21st).

For additional information contact the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park at 435.8511 or visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org The American Heart Association can be reached at 234.8247.

Go Healthy Month Scavenger Hunt!

Sept. 21 -- Oct. 21

Zoo Hours: Monday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. -- 4:30p.m.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo One Conservation Place, Syracuse

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases devastate millions of Americans of all ages and cause nearly 950,000 deaths each year. To fight them, the association supports research, public and professional education and community service programs in local communities throughout America.

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