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Please pre-register for the event. Pre-registration will close on Friday, October 21st
Join the WE CAN’T WEIGHT™ campaign by joining us to walk or run each Sunday (10/2, 10/9, 10/16) @ 2:45pm at the J C Nichols Memorial Fountain (47th J C Nichols Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64111). Look for Jerald in the WE CAN’T WEIGHT™ T-Shirt by the fountain. Record all your exercise below.
By Kev Moye’
For LEGACY Foundation
The “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” campaign is on the cusp of a rebirth.
Saturday October 22, 9:30 a.m. at the Kansas City East Patrol Police Department, “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” 2016 will commence with a panel discussion on the state of health for underprivileged youth.
Following the forum, an assembly of fitness instructors will lead a series of brief workout sessions.
The endeavor – which is spearheaded by the LEGACY Foundation – should present an abundance of info on why a healthy diet is vital.
“Some people have less access to stores and supermarkets that sell healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, especially in rural, minority and lower-income neighborhoods,” said “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” organizer Jonathan Smith said. “Studies show when people have access to a higher amount of healthy food choices, it reduces the risk of childhood obesity. That’s because obesity is greatest among minorities with a low income. So we are targeting them the most.
“If children are obese, obesity and disease risk factors in adulthood are likely to be more severe; which leads to other health conditions later in life.”
There are a myriad of topics that will be addressed during the discussion.
Learning how to develop interpersonal skills and awareness, health and wellness understanding, healthy meal preparation, the importance of remaining active, developing the knowledge to make healthier choices, and creating community gardens are among the more compelling issues scheduled to be discussed.
Actually, this is the second installment of the “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” crusade. A few years ago the program proved to be successful. However, it was not immediately renewed. Eventually, a chance encounter prompted Smith to relaunch an improved version of “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit”.
“Earlier this year, I saw a gentleman who remembered the last time we had the campaign,” Smith stated. “He said it encouraged him to exercise and walk and it led to him not having issues with diabetes. I felt bad I didn’t keep it going or that I did not engage the community. So I decided we needed to do it again.”
Smith is confident that “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” 2016 will be bigger and better than year one of the program.
“The last time we overlapped our LEGACY Arts & Theater program with the health/wellness portion of “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit”,” he stated. “This time we didn’t want to cloud the program. We wanted people to see the importance of having a healthy start and its impact on their future.”
Smith intends to be involved with “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” from a physical standpoint as well.
“I have pledged to swim 100 miles before December 3rd of this year,” he said.
Registration for Saturday’s event begins at 9:30 a.m. The panel discussion will start at 10:30 a.m. From noon to 1 o’clock the workout sessions will be held. And for participants only, sports bags will be issued once the previously referenced activities are complete. Also, $25 grocery cash cards are going to be available to help assist patrons in starting their healthier lifestyle.
Walmart has donated items and Chris Goode – owner of Ruby Jean’s Juicery – is involved as well. Additionally, a yoga instructor and other fitness instructors are slated to partake in the opening day of “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit”.
If you desire to preregister for “We Can’t Weight to Stay Fit” 2016, log on to www.OURLEGACYFOUNDATION.org.