Healthy U is offering yet another opportunity for the community to join in its efforts to promote health and wellness during Moving 101 events over the next few months.
Moving 101 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Katy Trail entrance on Clarendon Road near the Missouri State Fairgrounds, a new activity this year. Participants can walk, jog or bike the trail, along with the option to stop at activity stations every half mile.
“We’ll have stations at half-mile intervals on the trail so people can walk, ride their bike, run, whatever they’d like to do as far out as they’d like to go,” said Stephanie Fraley, community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center and co-chair of the Healthy Living Action Group, which coordinates Healthy U. “Volunteers will be at the stations with different activities, like squats, different types of physical activity movement to music to engage with for minute at a time, then continue running. It works for all levels, and people don’t have to participate in those if they don’t want to.”
Fraley said those activities will be kid-friendly, so kids can participate with their parents. The activities can also be modified for anyone if they feel they aren’t capable of completing them.
“We encourage anyone of any fitness level to attend,” Fraley said. “The basic activities can be modified, if someone thinks they’re not fit enough we can provide modifications. This is a great way to try something new.”
There will be several more Moving 101 events throughout the summer and fall, and some crowd favorites — Zumba and water aerobics — are back again this year. Overall, Healthy U officials said they hope Moving 101 will give community members another way to incorporate fitness into their lives.
“Moving 101 events are community events that promote physical activity and wellness,” Fraley said. “For someone who wants to try something new, it’s a free way to come out and do that. It’s a way to do different stuff and to increase their physical activity overall. That’s our main focus.”
Moving 101 events begin at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, from June through October. They are all free and open to the public. For more information, visit Facebook.com/HUPettisCounty or contact Fraley at 827-9138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.