“Open Streets” Salt Lake City brings awareness to health and nearly 200 activities

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Summer starts next month, so May is a great time to get in shape. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, plus it’s Bike Month. Sarah Kinnison from the Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Brian Carlson, to talk about ways you can participate.

Kinnison says you don’t need a gym membership to get your exercise in. Walking to and from your destinations adds minutes to your needed daily exercise. Adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, and children need 60.

The many benefits of physical activity include: improving sleep, boosting your immune system, controlling weight, and fighting health conditions. Physical activity also fights diseases such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, and helps decrease falls.

Find the simple ways of being active such as use public transit, parking farther away in the parking lot, walking to dinner, walking to the park instead of driving.

On May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the streets of Salt Lake City will be opening up for a huge party to celebrate our community. “Open Streets Salt Lake City” is temporarily closing a few streets downtown and opening them to people, so you can walk, jog, bike, rollerblade, dance, do yoga, and all other forms of movement. Kinnison says it’s like a street festival meets a health fair!

The goal is to promote community pride, local businesses, air quality, and physical activity, while encouraging the use of streets as a public space for the community to gather and share. This allows participants to explore the city in a whole new way and to connect with their neighborhood. This event promotes healthy and active living.

There will be nearly 200 different activities throughout 22 different zones that will entertain anyone. This includes yoga sessions, pop-up spin classes, kids zones, live music, Cinco de Mayo themed activities, cornhole, bike Olympics, face painting, health screenings, spike ball, art, a variety of delicious food trucks and much more.

The “Open Streets” will be: West Temple, 200 South, 200 West and a long stretch of 300 South. To find a map, click here.

More information visit: www.slcopenstreets.com

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