Genesis Program encourages families to stay healthy at 8th annul Family Fun Fest

Sept. 26. 2019


Kyle Knox

Gila River Indian News


The Tribal Health Department’s Genesis Program held it's 8th Annual Family Fun Fest at District 4 Multi-purpose Building Thursday, Sept. 26, to encourage families to stay active during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

“We want to offer the Community more than one way to stay active and healthy with your family,” Kyrie Dukepoo, Program Manager of the Genesis Program.


Dukepoo mentioned Zumba as an activity that age groups can enjoy. “All kids love to dance, not always on rhythm sometimes but it’s fun, and Zumba is a great way to get everyone moving,” Dukepoo said.


With eight years of the Family Fun Fest, the Genesis program hopes to grow in its programming of education and activities like this for years to come. In years past, Genesis only partnered with The Life Center and Wellness Center. What made this year standout was the incorporation of physical activities instead of solely hosting informational booths.


Everyone in attendance enjoyed dinner, glow-in-the-dark Zumba, Fun Run/Walk, and 12 informational booths from community programs and service providers.  Booths provided family-friendly education, face painting, small games for toddlers, and many gave out promotional items for families to enjoy.


Elders and those with physical disabilities participated in the fun run/walk on the indoor track on the second floor of the building.