BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Mayor Carson Ross is proud to announce that the Blue Springs Family YMCA has generously offered use of their indoor track for the Wednesday One O’clock Walks (W.O.W) program. This new partnership means that the W.O.W. program can begin earlier than the normally scheduled April launch.
“We strive to improve the health of our community, and we are honored that Mayor Ross will be able to host WOW at the Y during the cold winter months. We look forward to meeting more friends and promoting healthy living in Blue Springs,” said Katie Kinder, executive director of the Blue Springs Family YMCA.
Mayor Carson Ross and the Blue Springs Family YMCA invite the community to join them for a the W.O.W. kick-off on January 19, 1 p.m. at the Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs. This free event is open to the public. Walkers are encouraged to join this free program that will meet weekly at the Blue Springs YMCA on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.
“The Blue Springs Family YMCA partnership gives the W.O.W. program a way to stay active in inclement weather,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This employee-driven initiative has blossomed into a community-wide walking event that encourages friends and neighbors to get up and moving – striding towards increased fitness and better heath.”
Mayor Ross will be leading the walk to emphasize how easy it is to put on your tennis shoes and get moving over your lunch hour. Mayor Ross stated “experts say that 30 minutes of daily movement helps promote increased wellness and a heart-healthy lifestyle.”
W.O.W. began in 2009 by the Blue Springs Employees' Biggest Loser Challenge as a way for participants to get together for light exercise over a late lunch hour and discuss their weight loss efforts and successes. The walks have grown into to a weekly community event during the Spring and Summer at the outdoor track at St. Mary's Hospital.
The event is sponsored by the Blue Springs Family YMCA, the Blue Springs Employees’ Biggest Loser Wellness Challenge and StandUp Blue Springs. For information about the walks, contact Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0495.
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