Buggy Walk aims to reduce infant mortality

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Time to get the kiddies out for a day of healthy fun in the sun.

By Lorena R. Rivera

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Outfit the little ones and pack up the stroller for a day of health and fitness for parents and children.

In observance of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and Healthy Families Network are sponsoring the Baby Buggy Walk in the park Saturday.

The mission of the Health Family Network is to strengthen community partnerships and to reduce infant mortality.

The walk will be at the Southside Lions Park and Community Center at 3100 Hiawatha St.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a commemoration for 122 babies born in 2011 that did not reach their first birthdays.

A 1-mile walk around the park will follow the commemoration.

A health fair will feature more than 30 vendors and local social agencies.

Vendors also will provide educational resources for parents such as help with health insurance and Medicaid.

Dental screenings will be available along with family services for expectant women.

For the kids, a fun zone will have a bouncy house open for all ages and games.

Each game will have an educational benefit for parents and children. A free raffle with a surprise prize will be awarded.

Patrons will receive a fit passport to help guide them through the health fair and fun zone.

More than 500 people have already registered for the walk.

Registration will be open up to the morning of the event, which is free to the public.

Donations of diapers and wipes will be collected to benefit the Healthy Family Network, which partners with agencies and charities that work directly with needy families.

For more information, visit FitCitySA.com.

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