Students hoofin’ it for good health

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

MORAN — During Saturday’s 63rd Annual Moran Day Celebration, “There’s No Place Like Home,” Marmaton Valley High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America are asking Moran citizens to follow the “Yellow Brick Road” to fitness at a fun walk/run at the City Park. FCCLA members are sponsoring the 8 a.m. event to encourage people in Moran to be active and get fit.
There are no rules for the walk/run, and people are not racing for time or the best results in the race. No registration is necessary to participate. People may walk/run one or two miles, as they wish.
“We just want people to get up and start exercising for better health,” said Elaine Stewart, FCCLA adviser.
Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases, from heart attacks to strokes, said FCCLA member Kassandra Turner. The benefits of running include weight loss, improved cardiovascular and bone health and better coordination, she said.
The walk/run was developed by FCCLA members to benefit the community and as a project for Students Taking Action with Recognition to present at their district meeting in February.
In October, FCCLA members are planning presentations for elementary school students on the benefits of walking and running.
“We want the younger kids to begin a healthy lifestyle while in elementary school. We also want to encourage them while they are out walking on Halloween to be cautious, to watch for cars and be safe,” Turner said.