RURAL HEALTH INITATIVE GETS COMMUNITIES MOVING
Three Choose to Move 5ks Planned in Area Counties
The Rural Health Initiative is hosting three Choose to Move 5ks this summer to encourage community members to exercise while raising awareness and funds for the non-profit that brings wellness services and information to farmers’ kitchen tables.
“We had our first Choose to Move 5k last year in Shawano County during the fair and we had a great turnout,” said Rhonda Strebel, executive director of the Rural Health Initiative in Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties. “We want to build on that initial success by holding events in all the counties we serve.”
The three Choose to Move runs are being held in conjunction with local agricultural events, Strebel said.
In Outagamie County, the Choose to Move 5k run and walk will be held Sunday, June 12 at K&T Dairy, N2518 Holland Road, Freedom. The dairy farm is the site of the Outagamie County Breakfast on the Farm event. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with the 5k starting at 7 a.m. Runners and walkers receive a t-shirt and free admission to the breakfast. The unpaved course will take runners and walkers through the scenic surrounding countryside.
In Waupaca County, the Choose to Move 5k run and walk is set for Sunday, Aug. 28 during the Waupaca County Fair in Weyauwega. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 5k at 10 a.m. Participants receive a t-shirt and free fair admission.
The Choose to Move 5k run and walk in Shawano County will start at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 1 in conjunction with the Shawano County Fair. Participants receive a free t-shirt and free parking and fair admission.
All three runs will be timed and awards will be given to the top finishers in different age categories. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for people under 12. People can sign up by going to www.wiruralhealth.org and print out a registration form to mail in with their fee to the Rural Health Initiative. Registration is also available through active.com and do a search for Choose to Move. Please note that Active.com adds a handling fee to process the registration.
“During our initial run in Shawano, we had runners from age 5 to 85. This is definitely something fun for people of all ages,” Strebel said. “These events are designed to not only get community members moving, but also help raise funds and awareness about the Rural Health Initiative.”
The Rural Health Initiative delivers complimentary, convenient, and confidential Kitchen Wellness to local farmers and their families, and agribusinesses. Kitchen Wellness provides on-site preventive health screening, which includes immediate test results for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. The Rural Health Initiative’s Outreach Health Coordinators are trained healthcare professionals that can answer questions about health concerns and provide information on diet, exercise, and other ways to stay healthy, in addition to many other referral resources within the community.