Let's Move Nevada!

Following the Lead of Michelle Obama, Nevada is on the move

The Obesity Prevention Foundation Kicks Off Let’s Move Nevada!

A month-long initiative to get families moving

RENO, Nev. (May 13, 2011)- The Obesity Prevention Foundation is on a mission to get families moving. Let’s Move Nevada! – an initiative designed to increase awareness and understanding about childhood obesity – takes place throughout the month of June and provides creative opportunities for parents and children to get active.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children engage in 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity in order to grow up to a healthy weight. Adults should engage in a moderate mix of aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening several days a week.

“Let’s Move Nevada has got to be the top health priority for everybody in the state right now,” said Dr. Kent Sasse, founder of the Obesity Prevention Foundation. “If you really think about the number one health problem for both children and adults, it’s weight gain.”

In order to help families discover fun ways to get fit, Dr. Sasse and the Obesity Prevention Foundation have created the free Let’s Move Nevada! Activity Tour. Families can start the tour with free health screenings and counseling from certified counselors at the iMetabolic. Screenings will be available Wednesday, June 1 through Friday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can call iMetabolic at (775) 829-7999 for an appointment.

Let’s Move Nevada! Activity Tour

Boxing Camp
A one-hour boxing clinic with boxers
Saturday, June 4
11 a.m. – noon
Elite Boxing at Matley Lane


Velocity Movement Hoop and Jump Off
Hula hoop class taught by hooping experts and jump roping
Saturday, June 11
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Reno Block Party @ Wingfield Park


Zumba Energy
A fun salsa/hip hop dance session with local Zumba instructor, Hannah Flynn
Saturday, June 18
11 a.m.- noon
Achieve Fitness on 600 Center St.


Beat Obesity Boot Camp
A private work out session with local trainer, Martha Schimmel, Program Manager at Sports West
Saturday, June 25
11 a.m. – noon
Mayberry Park

According to experts at iMetabolic, lean body mass is very critical to weight maintenance and basal or resting metabolic rates; 60 to 70 percent of the calories people burn come from this relationship. Knowing how this process works is one of the keys to bringing long-term, successful weight management.

“Greater exercise means less depression, better feelings of energy, better health and less anxiety. There are so many benefits across the board; I can't be more excited about Let’s Move Nevada! kicking off its second year,” said Dr. Sasse.

For more information about Let’s Move Nevada! and the Obesity Prevention Foundation visit www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org. Visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Let'sMoveNevada


The Obesity Prevention Foundation was established to provide communities with leadership and educational resources to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Founded in Northern Nevada in 2005, the Obesity Prevention Foundation focuses on direct interventions with educational programs; cooking and nutrition classes; and fitness and wellness demonstrations for schools, classrooms, youth groups, churches and family organizations. The foundation also serves to develop strategy and craft policy solutions for communities and legislatures to combat childhood obesity at the society level. For more information, visit the Obesity Prevention Foundation online at www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org.