The 5210 challenge: Fitness fair grew out of community survey

April, 2012 Posted in Community, Your Health

By Mary Owen

Healthy Family Fun Night
Friday, April 27, 6 to 9 p.m. Free
Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road
www.santiammemorial.org or 503-769-2175

Do you want to have fun while getting fit?

If yes, mark your calendar for April 27 when Santiam Memorial Hospital, with help from the YMCA, is sponsoring a Healthy Family Fun Night. The outreach was spurred by a multi-partner health improvement plan that kicked off last July.

“Our hospital and Silverton and Salem hospitals have all combined our resources for this health improvement project,” said Lauren Benjamin, Santiam Memorial’s marketing coordinator.

Health advocates from throughout the Santiam Canyon and greater Salem area met last summer at Santiam Memorial for a workshop to launch the Community Health Improvement Plan. CHIP, as the plan is known, puts into action a grassroots effort by communities to identify, address and improve the health of their citizens. Joining the three hospitals is Woodburn Health Center.

A 20-question community health survey, the first step in the CHIP process, was distributed by the Marion County Health Department through community partners and online in January and February of 2011, drawing 1,965 respondents. Out of these, 226 were people, mainly women, living in the Santiam Canyon.

Following the workshop, three focus areas were given top priority for this area: teen pregnancy; teen marijuana/ substance abuse; and adult inactivity. Santiam Memorial has started to maintain a database, accessible through its website, on area health statistics.

“And we decided to host a health fair, one that is fun as well as informative,” Benjamin said.

The Healthy Family Fun Night is 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at the Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road.

“There will be informative vendor booths where you can learn about health,” Benjamin said. “And there will be fun, interactive activities like Zumba, so you can go around the gym and get a workout. This is open to all ages and definitely family geared.”

Activities include a turbo cardio hip-hop workout, a self-defense demonstration, a Tae Kwan Do demonstration, archery instruction, a minute-to-win event, tumbling/cheering and Silver Sneakers.

“Anyone in any walk of life can be healthy by eating differently and starting to move,” Benjamin said.

At the Santiam Memorial booth, people can sign up for the 5210 challenge, promoting physical activity and healthy eating via four steps: eat, reduce, play and limit.

“We encourage kids to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, reduce screen time to two hours a day, play at least one hour a day, and limit their intake of soda and sugary drinks to zero,” Benjamin said.

Those who sign up for the month-long challenge will fill out a flyer to bring to the Santiam Memorial Hospital Fun Run and Health Walk on June 2, where they will receive a prize for their hard work, Benjamin said.

“Every Tuesday and Thursday, they can come to the hospital at 6 p.m. and walk with a doctor or nurse to train for the fun,” she added. “They’ll walk for a mile, then two, three progressively until the run.

“We really want people to get up and moving,” Benjamin said. “These events are intended to make the public aware of the different health outlets in the area as well as their own personal health – how to be safe, healthy and fit.”

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