The Franklin County Health Department will host its 10th annual longest day of play Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakeview Park.
The LDOP is a completely free event for anyone of any age.
The day will have numerous events going on through into the evening, including live music put on by local radio stations, inflatable obstacle courses, corn hole and a dunking booth with local law enforcement. The Frankfort Fire Department will also be there with their giant water hose.
All of the activities are designed for people of all ages and abilities.
As many of you are aware Kentucky’s burden of chronic disease is among the highest in the nation. According to the America’s Health Rankings, Kentucky ranks 47th our of 50 for overal health rankings. Kentucky ranks 7th in the nation for heart disease incidence, 17th in the nation for diabetes prevelance and 8th laziest state in the nation for inactivity. While there has been improvements in the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes , there is still room for improvement! Many Kentuckian’s are at immediate risk of developing these chronic diseases due to the current rate of obesity at 33.2% of our population, and 8th in the nation for percent of the residents who are obese . Being overweight and obese substantially increase one’s risk of developing many chronic diseases.
In an effort to increase physical activity among adults and youth in our county, the Franklin County Health Department in collaboration with several other community partners, sponsors a program called “The Longest Day of Play” (LDOP). Since 2007 when LDOP first came to our community we have hosted over 5,821 participants which include children, adults and seniors! Numerous activities were made available for all age groups to encourage the incorporation of physical activity in their daily routines.