Night's Marathon, Health Expo and Fitness Fair set for Aug. 13
On Friday evening, August 13, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will sponsor the First Annual Midsummer Night’s Mini Marathon, Health Expo and Fitness Fair. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. the SMHC doctors will each make a short presentation on a health related topic. Following the short presentations, the hospital is sponsoring a Mini Marathon Relay with four person relay teams. Each participant will walk or run either a total of two miles or three miles.
Also included in the evening’s events will be a fitness test provided by the SMH Physical Therapy Department. The fitness test will include a body fat measurement, a flexibility screen and an aerobic test.
“As health care providers, we are committed to helping people maintain or regain their health and one of the best ways to do that is to learn more about health topics and to be physically active,” said Dr. Teel Bruner, Event Organizer. “Our goal is to make fitness fun. We think the evening’s activities will not only be fun, but be educational, too.”
The schedule for the presentations include:
7:30-7:45 Childhood Obesity Dr. Ron Sigler
7:45-8:00 Medical Benefits of Exercise Dr. Andy Jones
8:00-8:15 How Can I Lose Weight? Brenda Hewlett, FNP
8:15-8:30 Exercise: Where/When/How? Chris Roach, PT
8:30-8:45 Aerobic Fitness Dr. Jack Secrest
8:45-9:00 Strength Training Chris Roach, PT
9:00-9:15 What Can I Do When I’m Hurt? Dr. Teel Bruner
9:15-9:30 Stress Management Dr. Andy Gilbert
There is no charge for the educational Health Expo and Fitness Fair and everyone, regardless of age or physical shape, is invited to participate. There will be a $10 charge for the optional Midsummer Marathon T-shirt. No advance registration is necessary. Participants can either pick their own teams or be assigned to a team that evening.
“The relays will begin just as it’s getting dark, but they will be run on the lit downtown streets and we’re planning on providing free penlights to the participants,” said Dr. Bruner.
The mile long course will form a loop along lighted Cottonwood streets. There will be a six mile walk/run relay where each team member will wind up covering 2 miles.
There will also be a twelve mile mini marathon run relay. Each team member will run 3 miles.
Teams for both relays will consist of 4 members.
“I think the novelty of having a night time walk/run will motivate people to begin or continue their fitness efforts as we go into the fall and winter season when motivation tends to lag. A regular fitness program is ideal, but it’s important to remember that any exercise is good regardless of whether a person does it regularly or just periodically joins in a physical activity. So, come on out, learn something and join us for this fun event,” said Dr. Bruner