Sports festival educates OKC metro in health and wellness *


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

 

The third Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival will be held Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Attendance is free.

 

A variety of events will take place including several health and fitness related booths offering information on exercise, sports, health care and nutrition. Various health screening booths will offer smoking cessation information, dental screenings and general physical fitness assessments.

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival

 

Many of the weekend’s activities are geared towards children. The Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge will award kids a gold medal upon completion of ten fun fitness activities, such as kayaking, archery, basketball, and volleyball.

 

Kids can also participate in the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy activities, play hockey games with the OKC Barons, shoot baskets with the OKC Thunder Girls and run the bicycle safety obstacle course. All children that complete the obstacle course will receive a free helmet.

 

Attendees who stop by the OU Athletics Trailer can sign up to win an iPad or play Xbox Kinect games on the 60” TV. Kids will have the chance to get their picture taken with Boomer and Sooner from the University of Oklahoma while learning about fitness fun, academics and sportsmanship.

 

Adults will have plenty to keep them busy as well. OKC Riversport is sponsoring the RUNderground, a 5k run in OKC’s underground. Other activities include the USTA tennis challenge, UCO’s powerlifting competition, and four gymnastics meets.

 

“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.

 

Since 2011, The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival, in association with The Oklahoman, has encouraged families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness.

  

 

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