Summer Health Initiatives End with a Stretch!
Last Saturday, August 15th, Beatree Yoga completed their third free session of yoga at Cope Environmental Center. A variety of birds sang in the background to keep participants going as instructor and owner Nathan Wiring led a session under the canopy of two large walnut trees. Participants seemed pleased with the experience in such a beautiful and quiet outdoor location.
Yoga was not the only outdoor health initiative offered by CEC this summer. 475 kids signed up for the Get Outside—Play! program which rewards participants for every 20 hours of outdoor play. The prizes included passes to River Rats baseball games, White Water Memorial State Park, and Valley Edge’s Snowing Tubing experience in New Paris, Ohio. For the 2nd year in a row, the program paired up with Morrisson-Reeves Library’s summer reading program, which allowed kids to sign up for both of these programs and pick up prizes at CEC and MRL.
“We are becoming increasingly aware that children need more help today getting outside and becoming more active. It is our job to help kids fall in love with nature, which will inevitably lead to better outcomes for their health,” says Executive Director, Alison Zajdel.
One parent expressed their gratitude, “It’s good to have other adults encouraging them to be healthy.” Another parent shared how their kids set timers while they played outside. One mother admitted that the program is helpful for both kids and adults since it helped her get outside more with her eleven year old. Through surveys, parents seemed pleased with the program and even asked for more help, particularly in the area of nutrition.
This program as well as CEC’s other summer health initiative, Hike/Bike Yourself Healthy, received more support this year through United Way of the Whitewater Valley allowing Cope to strengthen these programs. The time spent outside playing and exercising totaled 754,314 minutes. Get Outside—Play! accounted for two thirds which means kids were the most impacted by the program.
A special thanks to the youth and staff of Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center who participated in the Hike/Bike Yourself Healthy (H/BYH) for the first time this year. Congratulations also to our award winners of the H/BYH program who were as follows: Individual With Most Minutes- Gina Ballinger Female With Most Minutes– Julia Henderson, Male With Most Minutes– Andrew Moore, Highest Average for Small Group Highest— Team Piranhagoat, and last but not least, Highest Average for Large Group— Whitewater Valley REMC who won a year’s worth of massages in the workplace. Also congratulations to the Aikin family of Centerville, Indiana who were winners of Family Week the 2nd week of July.
Still looking for ways to stay healthy while being outside?
*Sign up for the 5K/10K ‘Fall Foliage’ @ CEC on Oct 17th October 17th as a part of the Wayne County Challenge–http://www.wcchallenge.org/fallfoliage.html
*Richmond’s first full marathon will take place at Hayes Arboretum on Feb. 6th, 2016. You can sign up here: http://www.hayesarboretum.org/#!trail-marathon/c1amj
* Other Wayne County Challenge races also include:
Flying Eagles 5K -September 12th 5k 9am
Turkey Chase 7k – November 21st 1pm
Rosemary Weigel Frostbite 5k – December 5th 5pm
*Are you looking for ways to help your family become healthier? Check out the Let’s Move website (http://www.letsmove.gov) for more information on healthy activities and fighting childhood obesity. Reid Health also has weight management programs for families that you can learn more about here: http://www.reidhealth.org/wellness/weight-management/