2019 Fun Run
On behalf of the OPEIU 494 Health and Wellness Committee, we invite and encourage everyone to participate in the 2019 Fun Run, held on July 27, 2019 at Ford Field. This event is open not only to OPEIU, but to friends, family, and staff alike. Not a runner? That’s ok. This is not your average 5K. Walkers are welcome. The Night Nation Run is the World’s 1st Running Music Festival with the ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an epic main stage after party featuring top headliner DJs. Start and Finish inside Ford Field! To date over one million people across the World have become a member of the Night Nation and the proceeds benefit “Stand Up to Cancer”, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research.
Please see the attached flyer for more information on the event, as well as a link to helpful training apps for those of you who are interested and a week by week training guide. The early bird registration special ends today at 11:59 pm.
Working together toward a common goal helps keep everyone motivated to move. When you move more, you will feel better mentally and physically. To prepare for this event, we will be training every Thursday at 4:15 pm, starting May 30th, 2019. We will meet in the parking lot of Solidarity House and run, walk or jog our way to Belle Isle and end each training with guided stretching.
Walking with Benefits
The American Heart Association states that walking can reduce the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. It can also alleviate high blood pressure and improve blood sugar levels. Taking a brisk walk every day can contribute to your overall fitness by burning calories, improving muscle strength and tone and working your cardiovascular system. Wellness can be positively affected, since walking releases endorphins that improve your mood and helps increase concentration levels. Because of its low impact, walking is one of the safest forms of physical activity, according to the American Association of Retired Persons, and it may also contribute to helping reduce abdominal fat.
Running for Health
Running helps burn calories which can contribute to weight loss and reducing the risk of osteoporosis and complications related to joint pressure. Running can also strengthen and stabilize ligaments in the body, making you less susceptible to sprains. Running helps work out the quadriceps, hamstrings, abdominal muscles, calf muscles, glutes and the hip flexors. Because running is a high-impact workout, you'll burn more calories and engage your cardiovascular system. Towson University states that running can decrease the risk of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and breast, uterine and bowel cancer. Since running releases endorphins, additional benefits include improved mental health, physical self-perception and self-esteem; additionally, it can relieve depression.
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, so be mindful of your eating habits to help you avoid unhealthy choices, like junk food. You should aim to consume a healthy and balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and, of course, lean protein. You will start to see the difference in the way healthy food makes you feel, giving you the energy you need to walk or run.
Additional information and helpful tips will be posted on our OPEIU 494 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account, which we encourage everyone to follow.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Jo Matthews at am1hdHRoZXdzIHwgdWF3ICEgbmV0 or (313) 926-5520.