Now that summer is finally here, Healthy U will again launch Moving 101, its series of community fitness activities that are hosted each month.
Moving 101 will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Katy Trail. Stephanie Fraley, community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center and co-chair of the Healthy Living Action Group, which coordinates Healthy U, said participants of every age and fitness level are invited to join Healthy U at the Clarendon Road entrance to get the activities started.
“We will have different stations located on the Katy Trail, starting at the Clarendon Road entrance,” she said. “There will be different types of fun activities every half mile for two and a half miles, such as jump rope, Zumba and lunges. People can come and walk, run or bike, however far out as they’d like — they don’t have to go very far if they don’t want to. … It’s family friendly, all levels of fitness should come out and try it.”
Thursday’s event will last about an hour, and Fraley said it was a popular event during 2014’s Moving 101 series.
“This was really successful last year. We had a great turnout and it was even raining,” she said. “It was a lot of fun, we had an impromptu Zumba class on the Katy Trail. It’s a neat way to get on the trail and you’re not just walking and running, there’s a lot of activities going on.”
Fraley said the event will be hosted rain or shine, unless there is lightning or a heavy downpour of rain.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children with them to Moving 101 events, and leashed pets can join participants on the Katy Trail. Strollers and kid’s bikes are welcome.
“It’s a good opportunity to get your kids involved so you’re setting those examples for healthy lifestyles and as they grow up hopefully they will continue with that,” Fraley said.
Fraley noted that Moving 101 provides an opportunity for families and individuals looking to become more active to try out new activities they may not have thought of before, or were hesitant to invest money in.
“We would encourage people to come out because it’s a great way for people to try new activities maybe they haven’t thought about before, or they didn’t want to invest a lot of money or effort into that. It’s a way to try free of charge,” she said. “It’s open to your whole family, bring them all out. We have different things coming up like aqua aerobics, Zumba and yoga, a lot of fun things to try and that’s the main reason — it gives the community an opportunity to try things without having to feel like they have to invest a lot of their own time and money.”
Moving 101 events will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month through October. Other events include:
• July 16, water exercises at Centennial Park Pool
• Aug. 20, Zumba at St. Paul’s Lutheran School gym
• Sept. 17, Yoga in the Kempton Room in the Multipurpose Center at State Fair Community College
Information about Moving 101 and other Healthy U activities can be found at facebook.com/HUPettisCounty. For more information, contact Fraley at 660-827-9138 or [email protected]