The Meigs County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Communities Coalition is working to create access to active living opportunities throughout Meigs County. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) states that “adults who are physically active are healthier and less likely to develop many chronic diseases than adults who aren’t active — regardless of their gender or ethnicity.” For substantial health benefits, ODPHP recommends that a person should engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
The Creating Healthy Communities funding through the Ohio Department of Health and the Together on Diabetes funding through Marshall University has contributed to projects such as paving the Eastern walking trail, refurbishing the Mulberry Center playground, implementing the “Book A Bike” program at the Middleport, Pomeroy, and Racine library locations and constructing the Middleport splash park. During the warmer months, access to recreational opportunities are more readily available via parks and playgrounds, and access to places like the Ohio River or Forked Run, but many times it is asked, “What can I do during the winter months to be physically active?”
On Nov. 16, representatives from Marshall University trained 10 Meigs County residents and coalition members to facilitate gentle yoga. Gentle Yoga is described in Marshall University’s Recommended Programs and Interventions document as “a health promoting activity that involves stretching exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques performed in the comfort of a chair.” Gentle Yoga can be performed anywhere and is an easy, low impact way to engage in the weekly recommended amount of physical activity. In additional to Gentle Yoga, the coalition has identified facilities near you that are open during cooler months and available for residents to walk in doors.
If you need help finding a place to exercise indoors that is free and open to the public or to contact a leader about gentle yoga please call Laura Cleland at (740) 992-6626 ext. 1031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Cleland is a Health Educator with the Meigs County Health Department