South Kern Sol, Yesenia Aguilar
More than a thousand South Kern residents turned out for the sixth annual Building Healthy Communities South Kern (BHC-SK) celebration in late August.
The event featured a variety of activities, music and access to local resources. It was held at Rexland Acres Park in southeast Bakersfield.
“I feel very satisfied with the turnout,” said Gema Perez, president of Greenfield Walking Group, who helped organize the celebration.
In an effort to promote an active lifestyle, the coalition closed several streets around the event to allow families the opportunity bike, run or walk in a safe, car-free environment.
Read more from South Kern Sol’s youth reporter Yesenia Aguilar¬†here.

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