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Active living promotes cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and helps people maintain a healthy weight. It reduces stress, enhances self-esteem and fosters an overall sense of well-being.

We want to invest in new events that encourage people to get active. We want to get people moving no matter what their age or ability.

Funded organizations represent a variety of locations and types of events across the region. The projects appeal to people of varying skill levels and there is a special emphasis on reaching vulnerable populations to participate in events. Young people and adults of all ages will have access to physical activity events and can join the fun!

APRIL 2-SEPTEMBER 7th: Great Parks Step It Up! Trail Challenge- Take part in the Great Parks of Hamilton County Step It Up! Trail Challenge to meet fitness goals at your own pace as you explore the great outdoors.  Log your steps (man, woman or child) while completing five out of seven designated trails and walking your way to a healthier lifestyle. To sign up and access tools, visit: www.stepituptrailchallenge.org (Free)

APRIL 25th: HEALTHY KIDS DAY®- The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Interact for Health, Humana, and the Cincinnati Bengals Play60 program, invite all local children and their families to a free afternoon of fun at Parky's Farm, located at 10073 Daly Road in Cincinnati, on Saturday, April 25, 2015.   The event will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering fun and creative healthy living activities for the whole family.

EVERY TUESDAY JUNE-AUGUST: GREAT PARKS FITNESS SERIES- Shaping Up has never been this easy! Great Parks of Hamilton County will be offering outdoor free fitness classes every week in June, July and August from 7-8PM. Classes are taught by expert fitness instructors from YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Classes will rotate with offerings in Hip Hop Aerobics, Kickboxing, Cardio Combo, YOGA and Zumba. (Free).

JUNE 6th: CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER-National Trails Day is from 9am-3pm and is the country's largest celebration of trails, inspiring thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide. Mark your calendar for this year's celebration, and plan to spend your day at Rowe Woods. - See more at CincyNature.org

JUNE 13th: PRICE HILL PACER 5k/10k- The Price Hill Pacer 5K/10K is an event benefiting two great organizations, Santa Maria Community Services and Price Hill Will. Both are working collaboratively to make Price Hill a stronger community. To get more information and register go to: pricehillpacer.org

JUNE 18th: KIDS EXPO at PADDLEFEST- With over 6,000 children expected to participate in 2015, Kids Expo brings together area organizations for the largest outdoor youth environmental education program and the largest outdoor water safety and environmental education program for children in the Midwest. The Expo is a unique opportunity to enhance the interest of children in the outdoor world while promoting their academic achievement in science, technology, math, and engineering. With over 50 interactive stations and hands-on activities, the event is designed to educate through fun by engaging, educating, and entertaining.  Children will learn what they can do to protect and enjoy the environment.  Coney Island from 9:30-4:40pm. Free admission

SEPTEMBER 27th: GREAT PARKS TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK- Great Parks of Hamilton County will close off 1 mile of park road to automobiles, allowing pedestrians and vendors to convene and exercise on the open road, connecting to the Sharon Woods Gorge Trail and Harbor Trail to make 4.3 miles of open walking.  Health and wellness vendors along with Great Parks staff will lead an array of physical activities, fitness challenges and walking events.  There will also be health and wellness vendors, blood pressure screening, get fit activities, paddling and hiking demonstrations, naturalist programming and more. Sharon Woods Park from 12-4PM. Free admission

SEPTEMBER 12th: MADISONVILLE 5K RUN/WALK- Come celebrate Madisonville with a morning walk or run through tree-lined streets.  The run/walk begins and ends at the Madisonville Rec Center, 5320 Stewart Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 at 8:30am. Registration is $15. To register go to: mcurc.org  

OCTOBER 10th: THE WARRIOR RUN- The Race for Life, an event featuring a 5K race, and one-mile walk will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015, 1M at 5:15 p.m., 5K at 5:30 p.m. Both courses start and finish at the Bell Tower @ Dogwood Park, off Pleasant Street, in the historic Village of Mariemont,Ohio. Cost: $20-25 To register: Cincywarriorrun

Returning in November and December....FUNDAY SUNDAYS! - We are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to provide a series of FREE health and wellness opportunities for ALL in the community this winter! 12 local YMCA's will open their doors for Funday Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. in in November and December. The pools will be open and babysitting available. To find a YMCA near you visit www.myy.org.

Features

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    Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care. Also, each issue contain sections that highlight our upcoming Requests for Proposals (RFPs), workshops, publications, and other events.

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  • Healthy Kids Day at Parky's Farm; Saturday, April 25

    The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Interact for Health, Humana, and the Cincinnati Bengals Play60 program, invite all local children and their families to a free afternoon of fun at Parky’s Farm, located at 10073 Daly Road in Cincinnati, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Healthy Kids Day® will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering fun and creative healthy living activities for the whole family.

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