Midwest City IS Moving!
More than 390 racers and 70 volunteers joined together to Get Midwest City Moving! at the HARVEST HUSTLE Free Family Fun Walk and Run. The event, hosted by the ONIE Project and the MIDWEST CITY YMCA, was held last Sunday afternoon at Regional Park in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Fun was had by racers of all experience levels. Some had finished several races, but most were first timers! Many parents and children finished the race together, sharing an experience to be remembered for a life time. One mother said this was the first time everyone in her family was able to participate in a physical activity event together. Couples crossed the finished line together, smiling and holding hands. Friends joined in the fun as well; a few racers even brought the family pet.
Before the race kicked off, DG Productions got us rocking with music as participants toured the Health Expo where 14 vendors provided health screenings and gave out healthy living resources. For those who wanted to give it a whirl, 50 ONIE hula hoops were ready to roll! Sgt. Branham, Midwest City Police Department, let the kids play inside his cruiser. The Midwest City Fire Department let us check out the bells and whistles of its biggest ladder truck while also providing first aid services. Midwest City Jazzercise led the warm up before the race. Participants received a finisher’s medal of congratulations for completing the entire 5k! Racers memorialized the event by taking their picture at the HARVEST HUSTLE photo booth. More than 200 lbs. of food was donated to the Mid-Del Food Pantry. It was a joy to be part of the Midwest City community spirit.
Let’s keep Midwest City Moving as we prepare for the next free family fun walk/run in March, 2014. Regular physical activity is essential to good physical and mental health. For us at ONIE, physical activity is about feeling good and being healthy! We know from personal experience that being active on a regular basis gives us more energy to do the things we love, and helps us feel less stressed. If you worked up to running the 5K, you can maintain your race readiness by jogging 2.75 miles three times a week. If you want to start working towards running a 5K, ONIE and the MIDWEST CITY YMCA has a RUN A 5K training plan!
Also, the USDA has established guidelines for physical activity. Adults are encouraged to do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week. Every bit of physical activity adds up including walking while grocery shopping and doing household chores. The recommended amount does vary by age. Children and adolescent (age 6 to 17) are encouraged to do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. For younger children, ages 2 to 5, age-appropriate play is encouraged several times a day. Super big thanks to all the racers, sponsors, and vendors for making the HARVEST HUSTLE a success! We look forward to seeing you again at the SPRING RUN! If you didn’t join us at the HARVEST HUSTLE, we can't wait to meet you at the next race! The ONIE Team!