Free event June 5 to feature outdoor and indoor activities, a health fair, prizes and more
Located just steps from the Hank Aaron State Trail, the Harley-Davidson Museum is the ideal location for Summer Health Jam, a free family-focused event taking place Saturday, June 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event, focused on promoting healthy lifestyles, is made possible through a partnership between the Harley-Davidson Museum, Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Milwaukee Public Schools.
Summer Health Jam kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a fun walk. Kids and their parents will be able to try out a variety of healthy activities, such as a jump rope contest, rollerblading, biking, Frisbee disk golf, Zumba dance, parachute games, and much more. A Wellness Fair will offer information on numerous health related topics, and prize drawings and remarks from special guests will round out the day’s events.
“We feel fortunate to partner with the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail and Milwaukee Public Schools in drawing attention to the huge benefits that come with getting outside and staying active as a family,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Studies show that due to inactivity and poor diet, the current generation of kids may be the first to not live as long a life expectancy as their parents. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people (ages 6–17) participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Currently 65% of high school students do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. Physical activity reduces the risk of premature mortality in general, and of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes mellitus in particular.
“We want to invite kids and their families to rediscover the joys of having fun outdoors,” said Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail Manager. “As Hank Aaron himself has stated, ‘We need to do everything we can to get kids outside and out from behind a TV screen.’”
The 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 35% of high school students watched television three or more hours per day on an average school day and that 25% played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school work for an average of three or more hours per day.
Families are invited to come on foot or on wheels for the Summer Health Jam and enjoy a day of being active and learning about staying healthy.
In addition, every Sunday at the Harley-Davidson Museum is Family Day. The fun begins with story time at 10 a.m. and continues with fun activities, temporary tattoos, and special kids’ menus at both Museum restaurants. The Museum’s “feathered ambassador,” Glory the Bald Eagle, is also on-site at the Museum with his handler most Sundays. For more information, visit www.h-dmuseum.com.
The Hank Aaron State Trail is a 7-mile bike and pedestrian trail from Milwaukee’s lakefront through the Menomonee Valley to Miller Park. The trail, which is scheduled to double its length in the future, will be within a 15-minute bike ride of over 415,000 people. For more information call trail manager, Melissa Cook at 414-263-8559 or visit www.hankaaronstatetrail.org.
The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it before – through the lens of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Museum is open year-round (9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) and parking is free. For more information on the Museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, tickets, and more, visit www.h-dmuseum.com.