Quite a crowd gathered at Keith Wampler Park and Rock Springs Park in Lenoir City Sunday for "Let's Move Day," which was hosted by the Lenoir City Seventh Day Adventist Church.
"We had 265 children register for the event," Larisa Brass, event organizer, said. "We had probably around 100 regular volunteers and over 50 University of Tennessee athletes from a bunch of different sports. Total, we probably had about 700-800 people there when you count all that up."
It was the third year the event has been held in conjunction with the national "Let's Move Day" and Brass said it was the biggest yet.
"Our attendance is really up over last year and we had a lot more activities and things to do, more participation all the way around," she said. "It was a really good year and it keeps getting bigger."
The day began as a partnership between the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the national "Let's Move" initiative.
"Our church is very interested in health initiatives, but this is kind of our main annual thing," Brass said. "We'll have healthy seminars throughout the year and some smaller events."
Brass said the goal is to get kids and families outside to help focus on promoting healthy lifestyles in a fun way.
"It's really focused on helping our community get healthier," she said. "The activities include some traditional sports, but also it gives kids other options for being healthy — just being outside, playing in the park, coming out with your family for a day instead of sitting inside and watching TV and playing video games."
In addition to sports and games, there were also farm and gardening activities available Sunday, which were sponsored by Loudon County 4H.
Brass said it gave kids a chance to understand where the food they eat comes from.
Brass sits on the Loudon County Health Improvement Council and said the church is looking for more ways to promote healthy lifestyles in the county.
"I think people are really feeling the need for that in our community," she said.