Gopher Athletes Help to Make First Annual “Move It Day” a Hit
Great job, Bateman team! Below is a press release about the Move It MPLS campaign that our Bateman committee has been working on.
Move It MPLS hosted its first annual “Move It Day” at the North Minneapolis YMCA on February 29. The purpose of the day was to challenge kids from a low-income community to learn about nutrition, physical activity, and healthy living. More than 100 children aged four to 17 participated.
The children were divided into groups by age and then guided through five different stations. All groups began in the gym and listened to a motivational talk given by two Gopher football players, Anthony Jacobs and Brandon Kirksey. The speakers led the kids through an activity that simulated the effects of smoking, and stressed to them the importance in healthy living and responsible decision making.
Students were then led through four additional stations where they were able to make their own trail mix, play nutrition related games, and participate in team building challenges. Approximately ten athletes from the University of Minnesota track and field team, tennis team, and ultimate Frisbee club team also participated with students as they rotated through each station.
Rodger Ross, program manager at the YMCA, was beyond impressed with the day’s activities. “I have never seen these kids so excited and engaged in nutrition before. I can only hope that we can continue working with Move It MPLS to host more events like this.”
Move It MPLS is a team of students from the University of Minnesota who are working to raise awareness about childhood obesity in Minneapolis. The team formed in November, 2011 and is continuing to educate and empower Minneapolis citizens to make healthy lifestyle decisions.