More activity can be as simple as taking steps, or parking farther away
Did you know the average adult needs at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to stay healthy?
Kate Olscamp, a health communication fellow at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the Department of Health and Human Services, was one of a number of officials Wednesday at Live Well Streator's Move Your Way Kickoff who provided information on the importance of remaining active.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has written these guidelines in 2018,” Olscamp said. “Move Your Way has been developed to help people understand how they can get active.”
Mikaela Momot, a health communication associate for CommunicateHealth, said it’s important for people to realize getting active just doesn’t mean going to the gym or working out. It can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking further away from the entrance at the grocery store.
Streator was one of nine communities selected as a pilot city for the federal Move Your Way program.
Live Well Streator facilitator Ellen Vogel pitched Streator to the Move Your Way staff after attending a webinar and hearing about the program, realizing Live Well was already doing some of the things the new program looks to implement.
Live Well Streator was created in March 2018 in a collaboration between community volunteers and OSF Healthcare in order to educated and provide further wellness opportunities for the city.
“When they interviewed us, they talked about how much work it takes to gather committees together and get volunteers moving,” Vogel said. “We already had those. We have our Activity Action and Steering committees all set up. We’d already set goals.”
Live Well Streator set out with the goal of getting 45% of Streator’s population at a healthy weight by 2025.
“It’s about getting to the people that are contemplating becoming active,” Vogel said. “We have people that go to gyms and join walking clubs but we need to target the people that know they have to do something but they haven’t taken that step further yet.”
Vogel said there will be more events planned through the summer, with the next taking place Saturday, May 16, alongside Streator’s Food Truck Festival.
The Move Your Way Kick Off featured seated Silver Sneakers classes, a Mommy and Me class and a special Move Your Way event explaining stretches.
“Getting even a little more active is beneficial,” Momot said. “People will sleep better and be able to stay more focused outside of the longer-term benefits. Those are benefits that are seen after just one day of being more active.”
Streator is the smallest city selected as a pilot city for the Move Your Way program, joining Chicago and Kansas City, Mo.