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United Way encourages Health & Wellness

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016

The United Way of Huntington County has created a series of events to highlight the importance of Health & Wellness during the month of August. Special Events and Office Administrator Diane Brumbaugh shared three specific events that will help to celebrate the importance of Health & Wellness in the community.

“Our first event brings back our 2014 Campaign Chair Pete “Puttin’ Pete” Schownir for another round of his “Pete’s Tour ‘Fore’ United Way on Monday, August 8. Beginning at 7 a.m. at Dogwood Glen Park, Schownir will golf 63 holes for the 60th anniversary of United Way of Huntington County,” Brumbaugh said.

Sunday, August 14, community members can join in the 1st Cycle in the City with 2008 Campaign Chair and Mayor Brooks Fetters. Bicyclists – young and old, novice and veteran – can participate in a six to 60-mile bicycle ride throughout the city. Interested individuals can meet at Schenkel Station across from the Courthouse beginning at 1 p.m. Routes circle back every six miles so anyone can join in on the fun all afternoon long. The Cycle in the City is a free, non-registered event. Riders are not allowed to participate if they arrive without a helmet.

The final event is a collaborative venture with Parkview YMCA, Parkview Huntington Hospital and the United Way in United Way’s 9th annual Sprint Tri event which is held on Saturday, August 20. The tri event which includes a 13-mile bike ride, a 3.1 mile run and a 400-yard swim begins with a 7:15 a.m. registration. Brumbaugh also said that individuals can register to compete in all three or have a team for one person to participate in each event. The goal is for 60 teams/individuals for the race in August.

The events were also designed to create education about the importance of physical activity. Parkview Huntington Hospital Registered Dietician Nutritionist Megan Bobay urged community members to maintain appropriate physical activity to enjoy a longer and more satisfying life. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the top three leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease. Healthy eating and regular physical activity play a crucial role in preventing or slowing the progression of these,” she said.

President & CEO Adam Drummond shared that living a healthy lifestyle impacts not just your physical well-being, but also your emotional and mental health, too. Bobay agreed. “Making healthy eating and exercise an enjoyable habit rather than a quick fix or chore is important. Take a cooking class to inspire your taste buds or plant a garden or volunteer at the community garden.  Make a lifelong hobby part of your exercise routine such as golfing, biking, swimming, running, etc. These all make a difference to your overall health.”

Drummond reiterated that while these are three events organized by the United Way office, there are many other ways to stay active. “Our intent is to emphasize the importance of health and wellness for our Huntington community. We have a wonderful trail system, great recreational facilities and organized activities all year long for our community to enjoy. Whether it’s taking a Zumba class at the YMCA, participating in the Cycle in the City on August 14, or spending family time playing Frisbee golf in our local course, there is truly something to do for everyone in Huntington County.”

Those interested in signing up for the Tri, giving $63 for Schownir’s 63 holes or learning more about the United Way of Huntington County Impact plan, check out the United Way web site at www.huntingtonunitedway.org and stay updated by liking the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unitedwayhc.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard, Tom Wall and Rob Miller joined with Adam Drummond, of the United Way of Huntington County, to proclaim August as Health and Wellness Month throughout the city and county. Gathering in the Huntington County Courthouse for the signing of the joint proclamation on Monday, July 25, are seated, from left Fetters and Miller; and standing, from left Drummond, Wall and Buzzard.