Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Is getting outside for some exercise the best way to combat this trend?
That's the major focus of Recapalooza, an annual Venice Beach festival that encourages children between the ages of 7 and 17 to exercise by introducing them to fun, physical activities.
Kicking off at 10 a.m., the event is a full day of cycling, skating and paddleball exhibitions. Recapalooza features a fitness obstacle course, children’s play area and a healthy food truck court. Clippers player Brian Cook will be on hand to shoot baskets with kids.
The event is put on by Devoted to Youth and will also include a teenage battle of the bands and a talent competition in the afternoon.
Admission is free but advanced tickets are required to take part in the competitions.
Recapalooza is the brainchild of Brady Farmer, a chef and fitness advocate who has made it his mission to see urban youth adopt healthier lifestyles.
The festival is a fun way to get children exposed to such activities.