Amanda King @kingamandap
The MOVE Columbia County initiative, sponsored by recteq, was launched April of this year and had to quickly change course to bring healthy lifestyle programs in a socially distant form.
The newest addition to the program is Wellness Wednesdays, beginning August 26th, for Learn From Home children ages 5 to 12, filling a need that some families are finding in the learn from home environment. Classes will begin Aug. 26 and run through December and will include instructor-led P.E.-inspired activities and a hands-on how-to lesson for kids to prepare their own mid-morning snack. These free classes will be held each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Evans Towne Center Park. Registration is required.
The initiative currently includes MOVE it Monday walking groups, rotating through several Columbia County parks, free Weekend Workouts at Evans Towne Center Park each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a weekly blog offering healthy recipes and tips.
Participants in MOVE it Monday meet each Monday at 9am, beginning with a stretch and generally finishing with a brisk 3-mile walk. The group rotates through Evans Towne Center, Memorial Gardens and Gateway parks, giving walkers a change of scenery week-to-week.
Weekend Workouts, led by local instructors, meet weekly at Evans Towne Center Park. Previous workouts include bodyweight strength training, trail hiking, and yoga.
The future of MOVE Columbia County includes RFID technology throughout Columbia County parks, allowing participants to check in at each above session or at their convenience and to earn points for getting out and moving. Those points can then earn them monthly prizes through the program. This technology will be available within the calendar year.