TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett alongside Indiana State University athletes, and administrators from the Vigo County YMCA Tuesday night hosted a ‘get-moving’ event at Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall.
The event is one of 52 in Mayor Bennett’s wellness initiate. His goal is to create awareness about healthy living in Terre Haute and to start with Terre Haute’s young people.
“This community is pretty unhealthy, and all the statistics bare that out. We’re in the top 5 of every county, basically, in Indiana for heart attacks, and high blood pressure and diabetes and cancer … You want to be there for kids and your grand kids too, but I just think a lot of times we get so caught up with what’s going on in the world that we kind of let our health get away from us,” said Mayor Bennett.
Kids that turned out for the event Tuesday night took part in playing basketball. The event was planned in hopes to teach kids basic basketball fundamentals and encourage physical activity.
The Mayor’s office also hoped the event would help children who are intimidated by sports overcome fears and join the in the activity. All of the activities are free to the public.
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