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Let's Move Day 2012 Stories
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Mt. Calvary SDA church - Huntsville, AL
 
About forty participants from the Mt. Calvary SDA church in Huntsville, Alabama participated in the “Let’s Move Day” on September 23rd. 2012. We started at 2 PM and continued until 5PM with various activities. In the church’s gym there were presentations on Diabetes and Nutrition. In addition, participants were able to get their blood pressures, weights and BMI analyzed. The highlight of the day’s program were the physical exercises conducted in the church's parking lot under the capable direction of physical trainer Jon Howell. It was a very enjoyable day. We are looking forward to Let’s Move Day 2013.

Oakwood University Church - Huntsville, AL
 
Oak Kidz Children's Ministries (Oakwood University Church Children's Ministries Department) laced up their sneakers and moved on Sunday, September 23rd in support of the Let's Move Day initiative which children and adults pariticapated a 1 30 minutes aerobics class, obstacle course, and 2 mile walk around Oakwood University Campus! It was great and we can't wait for next year Let's Move Day 2013!

Bonnerdale, AR

For our "Let's Move Day" activity we went to a park nearby for 4 hours. We walked, rode bikes, fished, and played football. We also had a picnic. We walked a total of 48 miles with school kids, parents, and church members contributing to the miles. The day before our official "Let's Move Day" we went on a hike inviting all from the church who wanted to attend. Twenty-one people came and we hiked a total of 84 miles!


Umpire Christian School - Umpire, AR

Umpire Seventh-Day Adventist church started the Umpire Christian School in August 2012.  The school presently has a certified teacher and a teacher’s assistant with 11 students ranging from 1st – 7th grade.  The school is planning on expanding the grades offered starting next year.
 
The Umpire Christian School Board showed their commitment to the students and the community by inviting Justin Kinkade (Flight nurse for Air Evac) to teach a CPR class.  The teacher, teacher’s assistant, almost 100% of the School Board members along with some community members were certified prior to school starting.

The Umpire Christian School Board further showed their commitment to the safety of the students and service to the community by building a helicopter landing pad on the Umpire Christian School premises.  This was done to provide an option to expedite the critical treatment of ANY child or community member to Howard Memorial Hospital (closest hospital 30 miles away) or other appropriate health care facility.

Michael Perrin (Program Director of Air Evac) showed their support to the school and community by landing a helicopter on the new helipad on the day of the school walk-a-thon fundraiser on September 30.

For more information or questions about Umpire Christian School, please contact  Jonathan Baylon, School Board Chairman at 870-584-2442.


PUC Elementary School - Angwin, CA

The PUC elementary School hosted a school-wide water Olympics event on Thursday, September 20th. In the late morning we mounted a community service project in which all the students and staff stormed the Pacific Union College campus and marched around for about 40 minutes collecting trash. The campus was already pretty clean in preparing for college to start. After lunch our whole school (about 130 in all) moved over to the college pool for a whole series of team events and races that lasted all afternoon until 3:00 pm.  We had team relay swimming races, whole team flotilla races, water polo games, diving competitions, team penny rescue diving, and a target toss game. There was plenty of activity, some of it very vigorous.  A lot of fun was had by all. The whole event will last a long time in the pleasant memories folder of our students.  We certainly achieved the spirit of the “Let’s move” initiative.

Westlake SDA School - Lakeport, CA

Our small school of 11 students had a Move-a-thon on Sunday, September 23.  We were blessed that St. Helena Adventist Hospital offered a matching grant (up to $5000!) to the three (small) SDA schools in Lake County for funds raised through healthy activities.  We decided to hold a Health Faire and Move-a-thon on Let's Move Day. We had 42 walkers and cyclers who completed 295.2 miles in 1-3/4 hours!  We raised over the allotted $5000, and are now in the process of collecting the monies pledged.  For P.E. the rest of the week, we will be working on the Presidential and National Fitness activities, and will continue the effort for the rest of the year. 
 

Manteca SDA church - Manteca, CA
 
The Manteca SDA church hosted their 3rd Annual Health Fair & Let's Move Day on September 23, 2012.  More than 200 participants attended to enjoy the festivities and to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.  The event was a huge success and a collective effort w/local SDA churches, Healthy San Joaquin collaborative ,First 5 San Joaquin, Health Net, InShape Health club, Manteca Police and Public Library, Sutter Gould Medical, dentists, physicians, health care providers and local businesses.
 
A Kids Energy Zone included hand washing & prizes, obstacle course, bouncer, create a healthy snack, Kaiser theatre troupe Cardio Heart mascot handed out jump ropes and took photos w/kids to keep. STARS Sports & Educational programs provided continuous physical activities in the Fitness Pavilion.  The Manteca Martial Arts demo team provided energizing  entertainment. A healthy vegetarian concession consisted of a Mexican plate, vegge burgers,  fresh fruit, and Jamba Juice. The CHIP cooking demos were a big hit especially the tropical vegan ice cream. Powerful hourly health lecture topics were on the healthful benefits of body brushing, bone health, eight laws of health/Weimar, and prevention & treatment of eye diseases w/lifestyle medicine.  Darwin Forester,Northern California Conference, performed body fat composition analysis and St. Joseph Medical Center CareVan provided all of the diabetes and high blood pressure screenings. Participants could experience a relaxing 15 minute massage and get information about podiatry care.  Each participant  received a gift bag & the exhibitors and sponsor packets contained a Balance Magazine, Vibrant Life Magazine and engraved pen.  A committed Health Planning Team worked tirelessly to produce a well planned event. Fifty volunteers from the Manteca church, Spanish congregation and community  were visibly on task from early morning set up &  throughout the day to late evening tear down. The Manteca SDA church, First 5 San Joaquin, Health Net, and Northern California Conference Health Department  were the major health event sponsors. Costco, Walmart, and Safeway stores made various donations.  The Manteca Bulletin published photos of the health event, 9/26/12 edition. Praise God for everybody & the outpouring of His Spirit!

 

New England South Federation Let's Move 5k - Hartford, CT
 
Sunday September 23rd, 2012, commemorated the 10th Annual New England South Youth Federation Run/Walk 5k. The event took place in Hartford, Connecticut which was a collaborative effort in celebration of the nationwide health initiative Lets Move Day.
 
The feeling of the approaching fall weather and the ending of summer radiated the New England air, as the bright sun shed some warmth, on that beautiful Sunday morning. Seventeen runners and over 40 walkers were energized on the 3.1 miles adventure.
 
Participants were all uniformed in bright yellow 5K t-shirts. The designated route was a scenic trail providing a challenge to runners and walkers, but displaying its radiant lush green beauty, overlooking a water flowing pond. The sounds of nature were evident, birds chirping and trees swaying to the light breeze, in celebration of this joyous event.
 
Onlookers cheered, the diversity of participants ranging from ages 2 to 70, from all cultures, and races, who all raced for one cause.
 
Personal Reflection:
 
As a first time volunteer for the Let's Move 5K Walk/Run at Keney Park, I found the experience to be new and informative as it gave some insight into the world of competive racing. The runners and walkers were excited and ready to go at 10am. 
From kids no more than 3 to the more mature adults, everyone who participated had three goals in mind. Support a great cause, finish the race and hopefully win a trophy or medal. For those who won in each of their categories, it was a pleasure seeing their ecstatic faces and for those who didn't, they promised to do better next year. 
Keney Park which is a beautiful location was perfect and more than one participant commented on the great terrain, beautiful weather and people who share their passion for running. It was an experience that will definitely be repeated.
 
The 5K event ended with a celebratory award ceremony, where some runners and walkers were presented with trophies and medals. In this race there were no losers, because the objective was to unite for the cause of health celebrating Lets Move Day and sponsoring youths in the pursuit of higher education.


Dupont Park Junior Academy - Washington, DC

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 the Dupont Park Junior Academy sponsored a Let's Move day event for our parents, students, and staff. The event was in the afternoon and included a neighborhood 1 mile walk, followed by cardio-exercises, rally races and plenty of 'water'. Over 125 people attended and participated. The event provided activities for all age groups and ended with parents requesting that this be a 'monthly' part of the school schedule. Fun was had by all. Enclosed at pictures highlighting the event.
 

Brazillian Chapel Church - Deerfield Beach, FL

On Sept. 23,  Seventh-day Adventist Church in Deerfield Beach, Brazilian Chapel, joined the national campaig Let's Move Day and about 80 people joined the event. Including children, youth and adults to take a 5k walk. The meeting took place at Sullivan Park, starting with Pastor Alexandre Vaz, emphasizing the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for good health which envolve physical, emotional and spiritual. Soon after the personal trainer Cristina Pinto led a 10 minutes warm up and then came the 5k walk/running on the sidewalk by the sea. The walk/running ended with a delicious and healthy breakfast, prepared by Ivana Silva( nutritional consultant)  psychologist Priscilla Gondim - organizers of the event.

"The Seventh-day Adventist church for over 100 years has promoted a message of healthy life-Pr.Vaz says. The InStep for Life project (steps for life) is an opportunity to share that message in a broader context. Teaching everyone the importance of an active lifestyle and healthy, with better control of their own health. So we will see our community more aware for taking care of their body and mind. And people will see through this balance more sensitive to God's voice. And then we'll see people truly HEALTHY "says Ivana Silva (nutritional consultant).

The project InStep for Life (Steps for Life), has been held for more than 6 months. It started with 2 people, today there are more than 25 people who meet every Sunday at 6:30 am at The Cove for walking and running. "Regardless of belief everyone is welcome to join us," says Priscilla Gondim (the initiator of the project). "We can already see several positive testimonials. As one of our participants who took medication for controlled pressure after the meetings on Sundays, was motivated to continue working out during the week and change her eating habits and after a few days her blood pressure was totally controlled without medication."Priscilla says enthusiastically .


New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church - Fort Lauderdale FL
 
In commemoration of LET'S MOVE DAY 2012, New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Health & Temperance Department kicked off the day with a 5K fun run/walk followed by a community Health & Wellness Fair. Our goal for this event was to get everyone moving and informed.  We would like to thank all the members of New Hope SDA Church, our exhibitors, Pastor Marcellus Howard, and the Melrose Park & Manor community for their support. We are gearing up for September 2013 with even more exhilarating activities and pertinent information for the community!
 

Homestead (Eng) SDA Church - Homestead, FL

Our Pathfinder and Adventurer Club, Church Members and Guest participated in Let's Move Day yesterday September 23, at the Black Point Park Trail.  We began at 8am and ended at 12:00 noon.  There were 32  participants who signed in at our table: 8 Guests, 8 Staff, and 16 Club Members.  Presented today were cyclist, runners, and walkers.  Altogether we did 167.9 miles. We are going to do this again!
 

Miami Temple Adventist Church - Miami, FL

Miami Temple Adventist Church in Miami, Florida, held Let's Move! Day on Sunday, September 23 at Miami Temple Church grounds.  Since it is rainy season in Miami, the organizers had to move the activities indoors, especially since there were occasional lightning storms.  There were several activity stations which included: hula hoop, obstacle course, three-legged race, potato sack race, jump rope, basketball games (in a Christian school campus, adjacent to our church grounds), zumba classes and Capture the Flag/Steal the Bacon/Dog and Bone.  There was a 2K Run/Walk held in the park next to the church and those who showed up on time were able to complete it before the rain showers came.

We finished the event with healthy snacks which included granola bars, cheese and crackers, veggie crisp chips, fruit kabobs and fruit smoothies.  The rain may have deterred some from participating but those who showed up report that they enjoyed it!  In fact, people are requesting a church activity/exercise day to be held more than once a year!  We had about 80 church members show up and participate!  Next year, we plan to invite and bring more people from our community!

Here's a picture video of most of our activities: http://youtu.be/lW0f_stVSic
 

Downers Grove Adventist School - Downers Grove, IL

Downers Grove Adventist School conducted a two hour event on Sunday. Students, parents, and teachers walked, biked, scooted, or jogged around the school/church parking lot. We logged 69 miles!
 

Lake Charles SDA Church - Lake Charles, LA

August 16th - Let's Move Day was promoted in Prien Lake Mall and more than 900 flyers were given away along with glow tracks.

September 13th - Let's Move Day was promoted again in Prien Lake Mall and more than 1000 flyers were given away along with glow tracks. One funny thing that caught my attend was those few dozens of people and children walking all around the shopping mall wearing sticker saying "Adventists Say Yes to Healthy Kids and Families" and "Make Your Miles Count - Let's Move Day". At least for few hours those people joined in promoting our a church event!

More than 450 poster were places around town in Lake Charles in August and September.

September 23 - In a spirit of unity and celebration, most of Lake Charles SDA church members came to Lake Charles Civic Center to help with Let's Move Day. Mayor Randy Roach honored us with his presence at the opening of our event on Sunday at 8:00 AM. In a previous visit with the Mayor, pastor Sorin interviewed the city leader. Mr. Rany Roach suggested that two of the many outreach programs that are needed in Lake Charles area are those who target children (especially those living with only one parent)and  those oriented to men, teaching them how to be better husbands and fathers.

September 23 - city's street's were blocked, Lake Charles Police on patrol insured the safety of the event! A great number of non-SDA members came back this year for Let's Move Day and were the first ones to make encouraging comments on Let's Move Day Facebook. Even though the participation was lower than expected, we had a great time and everyone enjoyed to walk and run!

The American Press, the biggest local newspaper, promoted our event several times before Sunday and a news representative was present on the day of the Run to take pictures and to write other stories about Let's Move Day and SDA Church.

KPLC TV interviewed pastor Sorin after the race and put the video on the morning news Monday, September 24 giving a an postive report and praising SDA local church for its contribution to the community of Lake Charles.

Among businesses that sponsored the event were Wallmart (all T-shirts were donated and each participant received it free), Lake Charles Women and Children's Memorial Hospital, Albert Sons. Capital One Bank, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Mid-South Bank, Target, Southwest Beverages, Coca-Cola, Kentwood Water, Christian Book Center and Acme-Sign Company LLC.

East Lansing Church  - Lansing, MI
 
All in all we had 35 people attending, 2 of those were visitors, 4 kids. Awards were given to each person who finished the 5K walk/ run (including children). 'Twas a proud moment for the recipients. Judy Ramos, myself did the presentation of awards - among the cheers and the applauds of everyone! For refreshments we had soups, salads, sandwiches, and sorbet, in addition to juice, Gatorade & water. We started at 9:00A to 11:00A at the Riverwalk Trail. From 11:00 to 12:00 noon we did the awards & refreshments. People were on time...program went without a hitch:) It was great! We hope to start early advertising next year - Because we realize we get new people each time we hold this event.

 

Maranatha Adventist Fellowship – Bowie MD
 
Maranatha Adventist Fellowship in Bowie MD, The Metro Church Pathfinders, Burnt Mills Church, ZaneNet and Maranatha Dental Services recorded 630 miles for the Let’s Move Day. A great contribution to the 1,542,075 miles left to reach the goal of 2,000,000 miles mapped out by North American Division (NAD).
 
Crossroads Adventist Preparatory School - Ellicott City, MD
 
All over the country, we have seen the Let’s Move initiative grow the number of walkers and runners throughout the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  At Crossroads Adventist Preparatory School (CAPS), Let’s Move day is about families coming together to laugh, play and get fit. On Sunday, September 30, 2012, faculty, staff, students, family and friends gathered at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD to enjoy the great outdoors, down on the farm. Together they raced through the corn maze, played in the hay loft, bounced in the moon bounce, and pranced in the pumpkin patch all while logging 235,037 steps. Considering that these steps only counted 57 of the 111 attendees, those who were wearing pedometers logged enough steps to walk from the CAPS school in Ellicott City to Newark, Delaware. 
 
Under the direction of Principal Karohn Young, the faculty and staff believe that fit families get fit and stay fit when they take the time to play together.
 

Martin Barr Adventist School - Gambrills, MD

Martin Barr Adventist School picked September 25 to focus on physical activities.  We went to Joyful Jumps in the morning for 2 hours of active play (bouncing, racing around obstacles, and sliding down slides).  After just 30 minutes students were already asking how much longer we were going to be there, as they were hot, tired, and sweating.  In the afternoon, we invited some homeschool families to come join us for 2 hours of sports.  The students played football, soccer, dodgeball, capture the flag, and hockey.  They welcomed the many breaks for rest and water inbetween all the activity.  It was a great day!
 

Vibrant Life Fun Run - Hagerstown, MD

One of the best kept secrets in the state of Maryland is the annual Vibrant Life Fun Run put on by the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, MD. In this its 14th year, the Review expanded the event to include both a Health Expo and Fun Run. The Review wanted to share share our unique health message with all who came. More than 300 attended the event, 159 of whom participated in the 5K Fun Run. A Kid's Health Expo, led by Phyllis Washington, Dir. of NAD Children's Ministries, and the Review's Candy DeVore, featured 8 booths bursting with fun health activities for kids. Adult attendees had their own "booth village" where they also learned about the 8 laws, received resources, participated in health screenings, and watched food demonstrations. The Health Expo and Fun Run drew the attention of the local TV and print media. A headline from the Monday, September 24, edition of the Herald Mail newspaper blared, "Hundreds seek out keys to vibrant, long lives." Perhaps the highlight of the day came when a police helicopter landed on the grounds at about noon, EST. Among the many sponsors of the event were State and local Police and Fire Departments, the FedEx NASCAR race-car, and the YRC trucking company. Next year's event promises to be even better. The theme for the event is:  "Taste the Difference". 


Valley View SDA School - Scottsbluff, NE

We had a schedule conflict with September 23, so our day was on September 30. We had a nutritious breakfast at the school, and participants hiked up the Scottsbluff National Monument either before or after breakfast. Our total miles were 75. 28 people participated in our activity, and everyone had a great time.


Hackettstown Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Hackettstown, NJ

On Let's Move Day. members from the Hackettstown Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Hackettstown, NJ met at 9:00 am at The Field of Dreams in Independence Township, Great Meadows, NJ. Everyone walked at least 2 miles, played basketball & soccer, & enjoyed a light brunch after the walk. Everyone who attended had a great time & we are already excited about planning a much bigger event for next year.
 

Gettysburg Adventist School - Gettysburg, PA

The students and teachers at Gettysburg Adventist School worked in the church & school's community garden harvesting tomaotes, peppers, watermelon and other produce to share with our local food bank. After the harvest was complete, students removed old plants and composted so that the garden will be ready for planting again in the spring.

 
Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church - Charleston, SC
 
Shiloh SDA Church in Charleston South Carolina began 2012 with a health assessment of our church congregation.  We discovered that we needed to act very quickly to help resolve our obesity crisis.
 
We began by educating our congregation and community and equipping them with the necessary tools to begin making gradual changes towards healthier lifestyle.  Coordinated monthly physical activities were instituted to help and support each other.  Haynes Produce was on site to supply us with an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.
 
Next, we held a Wellness Seminar to educate our congregation and community on the latest “My Plate” guidelines, and included information on how to incorporate these guidelines into daily meal preparations.  We began monthly bridge walks on the historic Cooper River Bridge, home of the annual international Cooper River Bridge Run.  Everyone attending the bridge walk was given pedometers and a physical activity log to track their progress.
 
In May, we held our second Annual Health Fair.  Our theme was Let’s Move Toward Better Health, and the fair was well attended.  We had various activity stations for the young and the old.  In keeping with our Adventists InStep for Life, and Let’s Move focus, a bicycle, scooter, and a fruit basket were given as prizes, encouraging the winners to exercise and increase consumption of fruits. Our Personal Ministries team was assigned to the Trust in God booth and seven people requested prayer and Bible studies.
 
On Let’s Move Day 2012, we were able to contribute 373 miles of physical activity miles to the Adventists InStep for Life and Let’s Move initiatives.  Our event was held at the beautiful, picturesque Hampton Park in downtown Charleston.  We had a very diverse group of participants who ranged in age from 4 to 76 years of age. Our 5k activities consisted of running, walking, power walking, and cycling. 
 
Forty-seven copies of the Vibrant Life: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off were distributed at the walk-a-thon.  Thus far, the reviews have been very positive.
 
Our journey to Let’s Move Day 2012 has been a wonderful one, and many lives have been changed in becoming healthier. Our members are walking more; they are running, cycling, and eating healthier.  We look forward to the future as we continue to MOVE.
 
By
Charmaine Cohen
Shiloh Health Ministries Leader
 

Lenoir City SDA - Lenoir City, TN

On a perfectly clear Let's Move Day, families in Lenoir City, Tenn., came together to experience sunshine, a park full of fun activities, food and the joy of good health.

About 150 elementary-age and middle school-age children along with their parents and grandparents plus more than 20 different businesses and organizations celebrated a day of fun and exercise along the greenway of our small, East Tennessee town. (Pop. 8,764) Activities included a climbing wall, basketball, gardening, gymnastics, shuttle run, obstacle course, hula hoops and corn toss, camping/outdoors, fishing, jump rope and healthy food. One station took height and weight and calculated the BMI of each participant. And throughout the event, a number of University of Tennessee athletes—from basketball stars to four women on the school's highly ranked track team—stopped by to interact with the participants and encourage them in a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the venue, signs (in Spanish and English) briefly described the health benefits of different activities. And a local restaurant, grocery store and vegan chef supplied grilled veggie dip and whole wheat pasta with pomodoro sauce—along with recipes to try them at home.

The Lenoir City Adventist Church coordinated its second annual Let's Move Day in partnership with the local hospital, Lenoir City school system, Parks and Recreation Department, University of Tennessee along with a variety of activity sponsors including Southern Adventist University, Earth Fare, a local outdoors outfitter, Curves, The Rush, the university's Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Studies, a local chiropractor, the Tennessee and Loudon County Departments of Health and others.

In a town where the obesity rate is exceeded only by the poverty rate, where churches sit on every corner and where a large immigrant influx has changed the makeup of the community, Let's Move Day has proven to be a wonderful way to connect with the people of Lenoir City. Again and again participants expressed their gratitude for the event. And while the message of health was certainly vital, at the end of the day what felt the most important was being able to work together—enabled by the Holy Spirit—to give our community a day of joy. Prayers were answered, and God is continuing to open doors for us through this event.

As one of the parents said, "They should have this every Sunday."

Well, maybe not, but we're already in the throes of planning follow-up activities and getting excited about next year!


Huguley Hospital - Burleson, TX

Huguley Hospital in Burleson, Texas, hosted Let’s Move Day on Sunday, September 23 from 7 a.m. until noon. The track around the hospital’s campus was buzzing with activity as people of all ages participated in a 1K run/walk and six activity stations, where participants learned proper techniques for sit-ups and other exercises. The event was a collaborative effort of several entities, including Huguley Hospital, Creation Health, the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Southwestern Adventist University, Joshua Adventist Multigrade School, and the Joshua and Fort Worth First Seventh-day Adventist churches. The City of Burleson and a number of area businesses helped to sponsor the event, and “Buddy,” the mascot of H.E.B., which is a Texas grocery chain, greeted visitors and handed out bottled water and jump ropes. Nursing students from Southwestern Adventist University assisted at the health fair and students from Southwestern’s kinesiology department ran the activity stations outside.
 
Participants began the day’s activities in the hospital lobby where volunteers conducted health assessments and distributed information at various stations, including a health age assessment, the Harvard step test, and blood pressure checks. Massage therapists offered free chair massages, and at the nutrition table a drawing was held for free vegetarian cookbooks. Lynell LaMountain of Florida Hospital introduced visitors at his booth to the principles of Creation Health.
 
After visiting the health expo, participants were directed to the outside activities. The goal for Let’s Move Day, which is a national event to combat childhood obesity, was to log one million miles nationwide on September 23. In Burleson, Let’s Move Day participants, who came from various locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, logged a total of 472 miles. Each person who ran or walked one mile or more earned a medal for their efforts.


El Paso on the Move - El Paso, TX
 
By:  Norma Rivera, RN MN, Executive Director
 
The El Paso on the Move together with the surrounding SDA Churches joined the “Let’s Move Day ” of the Adventist Instep for Life to fight the obesity epidemic by sponsoring the McKelligon Canyon Challenge 5K run/walk on September 23, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.  There was a tremendous response from the community with 478 registered runners/walkers.  The race T-shirts ran out but people still came to register up to 15 minutes before the race.  Over 600 people converged at the McKelligon Canyon that day.
 
The weather was warm and sunny. People came from far and near.  Some came from New Orleans, Andrews and Pecos, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Dionicio Rivera, master of ceremonies, welcomed the people.  Stevens Siaji, Fort Bliss chaplain, talked about the body as the temple of God and the importance of taking care of it.  Jocelyn Zvoschz sang the national anthem acapela with much acclamation.  Young and old joined the “warm up exercise” led by Lydon Hamisi and group.  There was excitement and enthusiasm.
 
As Mike Coulter, race coordinator, gave the signal “ready get set… go!” and blew the whistle everyone struggled to run past the other.  The UTEP students headed the race with determination to win. The race was led by pace cyclist, Evelyn Eichler.  The air was filled with cheers and shouts by Irvin High School Cheerleaders as the runners ran.   Strollers and pets were welcomed.  Some took a leisurely walk while others huffed and puffed to the finish line.  Cami Torres, a year old, and Martha Leon, 73 years old were the youngest and oldest registered participants.
 
Among the groups that formed teams of ten or more were El Paso Central SDA Church, Montana Vista SDA Church, Northeast SDA Church, Meraz SDA Church, Las Cruses SDA Church, Vista Hills Health Care Center, Oasis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, United Blood Services, Providence Hospital, Envision Hospice, Advant-Edge Pharmacy, Mountain Villa Nursing Center and Los Grenudos.
 
While the runners raced to the finish line, Radames Rodriquez eagerly plunged their time.  Stringer, Amy Clapp and Runner, Michael Montgomery quickly gave results for tabulation.  After the participants finished the race, they lined up to feast on several tables of healthy foods.  They were served with bagels, apples, watermelon, oranges, bananas, yogurt, chocolate milk, pritzels, water, crakers, and trail mix nuts snacks – bananas, cherries, almonds, raisins, and pineapple.  Thanks to our generous sponsors.
 
Rick Cabrera, channel 7 news anchor awarded the medals and trophies.  El Paso Central SDA Church winners  according to age group were Gloria Martinez, first place;  Christopher Swagerty, third place; Kenneth Knight, third place;  Josue Martinez, second place; Carolina Martinez, second place; Lucas Muresan, second place; Abigail Flores, third place; Noah Miguel, first place and Darian knight, third place.  Northeast SDA church winners were Jaedyn Zvosechz, second place and Zoe Zvosechz, first place.  The Lord is great and worthy of praise.   Everyone had a good time and nobody was hurt.  Rodel Liwanag, EP Central Pastor, closed the event with praise and glory to God who makes all things possible.
 
It takes faith to see how God works.  Organized only three months ago, El Paso on the Move had proven itself to be strong.  To start with, it was faced with so many difficulties.  It did not have start up money, people did not want to join, and sponsors were hard to get.  But we did not let these hindrances intimidate us.  We moved forward and God blessed our efforts.  With faith we “stepped on the water”. God opened the way and we saw great things the Lord did.  It was just like a puzzle with pieces coming together and in the end the object was formed.  People and volunteers came together through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the event was not only successful; it was very impressive.  One thousand four hundred seventy nine (1,479) miles were achieved that day for the Adventist Instep for Life
 
Over 700 health magazines and books were given out.   About seventy percent (70%) of the people were non-Adventist.  We will never know what impact we made to the community.  Several from the community will be coming to our vegetarian cooking class held every first Tuesday of the month.  Some expressed their desire to teach aerobic classes free of charge and volunteer for next year’s event.  Some will keep on moving and exercising to stay fit. 
 
The health message is the entering wedge and the right arm of the gospel.  It is powerful and works as double-edged sword.  Many more will be reached that would not be reached through preaching alone.  Ellen White wrote, “soon there will be no need for ministerial lines, only the medical work in the end. “ We are His hands and feet to accomplish His purpose in this end time.  What a privilege we have as a people to make disciples of men.  This is a golden opportunity for the church to shine.  We need to do more community service and community outreach.  We need to go and mingle with the people before we can ask them to follow us just like Jesus did.  The people are watching us and are responding.
 
The McKelligon Canyon 5K Run/Walk was not just any kind of race.  It was race to health and hope.  Proceeds from the event will go to the El Paso Adventist Junior Academy School Garden and the El Paso Pathfinders. Other programs of the El Paso on the Move include Vegetarian Cooking Classes, Full Plate Diet, Depression Recovery Programs, Stop Smoking and Community Gardens.
 
 To learn more go to www.Facebook.com/elpasoonthemove.


Texarkana SDA School - Texarkana, TX

Texarkana SDA School had an awesome "Let's Move Day 2012", on Sunday, Sept. 23.  The event started with an outdoor worship and meditation and was followed by a brief orientation about gardening in collaboration with the Pathfinder Honor skill in Gardening.  “The students were tired but I would say this was a memorable school event since it will be the first time that Texarkana will have a school garden,” reported Rodil Capobres, school principal.
 

Virginia Seventh-day Adventist Church Explorers Youth - Elkton, VA
 
On Sabbath, September 22, 2012 The Explorers Youth of the Elkton, Virginia Seventh-day Adventist Church sponsored a 1K, 2K, or 5K walk through Shenandoah National Park located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 38 participants including Explorers, Adventurers, Eager Beavers, Little Lambs, Parents, and other Members walked an accumlated 130K.
 

Ephesus Junior Academy Adventist School - Richmond, VA

“Let’s Move” at Ephesus Junior Academy Adventist School in Richmond, Virginia was launched this school year with the emphasis on wellness and health educating staff, students, and parents on how healthy living improves the total being and strengthens the physical and spiritual development of the mind and body.

The day begins with working on fitness as a total school. Teachers and students meet outside daily at 8:00 a.m. engaging in 10 minutes of instructional exercise conducted by the personal trainer, Patricia Goodman, and/or teacher(s).

Students keep a daily log of their eating habits and exercise routines in a Fitness and Health Journal. Parental supervision of these journals involves the parents encouraging the students with healthy eating habits and stimulating physical activities.

Ephesus Adventist Junior Academy is on the move to encourage more time outdoors experiencing the elements created by God for the body such as exercise, sunshine, and fresh air. The school is on the move teaching students the value of healthy foods and how the body uses them for total body wellness.

The school and the church participated in the Let’s Move Day on Sunday, September 23, 2012, joining Richmond Academy. We did a 5K Run/Walk through the community of Richmond. The students really enjoyed themselves.  Ephesus Junior Academy Adventist School will continue to focus on good health and physical activities throughout the school year. We encourage all schools to encourage their students to spend more time outside, engaging in physical activities and eating healthy daily.
 

Rocky Knoll SDA School - Martinsburg, WV

Rocky Knoll students, parents, and teachers participated in "Let's Move Day" on Tuesday, September 25 by hiking or biking along a seven mile stretch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park towpart. Approximately 60 students along with several adults and the teaching staff either biked or hiked a total of 520 miles. The event started at 8:00 with a briefing by principal, Mark Walker followed by  nearly four hours of either walking or biking on the canal towpath. The seven mile stretch of the canal was because it has no intersections for automoblie traffic. This enabled us to have our kids either hike or bike without any risk of unwanted incidents with auto drivers. By the time to morning activity had ended, the group had collectively compiled the 530 miles.

This is the kick-off for a year long project where our students will walk for part of the Physical Education classes.  Our goal is to accumulate enough miles to travel "on a map" from Martinsburg, West Virginia to Fairbanks, Alaska. Last year we set a goal to walk enough miles to get to San Francisco, California. As a staff, we were surprised at the motivation and persistance of our students. We reached San Francisco just after Christmas. So we then walked to Los Angeles and the back across the southern United States (via Interstate 40 and then I-81) back to Martinsburg. By the time the year had ended, we also walked on to New York City, the Jersey shore, and back home again to Martinsburg, accumulating more than 5600 miles. With the performance of our group today plus some add on miles that have already been accumulated by some of our classes, we should find ourselves in western Indiana on the US map.  This has been a fun activity for our kids and staff combined. When we reach Fairbanks in the map, we plan to have an Alaskan celebration with our students.

 
Let's Move Day! Bermuda - Bermuda
 
Let’s Move Day, the first ever island-wide event took place on September 23rd 2012. It was a resounding success! People of all ages and walks of life, Bermudians and non-Bermudians, were moving for health. Seniors, churches, seven of Bermuda’s schools including our school Bermuda Institute, Bermuda’s Governor George & First Lady Ferguson, cyclists, swimmers, runners and persons at the local gyms to name a few jumped on the bandwagon.
 
We had a goal of 10,000 miles island-wide for Let’s Move Day. We reached more than half way (6,264 miles) with more than 1000 participants. The smiles, the positive attitudes and togetherness were success enough!

The Let’s Move Day event in Bermuda was a collaboration between the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Bermuda Government Department of Health, the Well Bermuda Partners and a number of local sponsors. 


Richmond Hill S.D.A. Church - Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Let’s Move Day at Richmond Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church: We celebrated our Let’s Move Day one day early (Sep. 22) on a beautiful Sabbath afternoon with a walk from the church to nearby Mill Pond Park. We covered the 1.2 Km distance to the park before we knew it and then entered the gorgeous nature trails of the park. The fall colors of the leaves were a beautiful sight to see as we strolled through God’s second book (nature). After about 2.5 Km of trails through the park we returned to the church by a different route so that we were sure to get in our full 5 Km for the day. At the close of our walk we were all thankful to God for the beautiful day He had given us. Several in our walking group said, “We should do this again…and often.”
Curtis-Horne Christian School - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
 
Curtis-Horne Christian School held a walkathon with Let's Move Day on September 16, 2012. We had 45 participants ranging from 3 years of age to 74. each participant walked from our school our our city park and back for a total of 7 km. Together we walked 315 km.
 
 
Sponsoring Organizations
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchHope ChannelAdventist HealthCareAdventist HealthAdventist Health SystemKettering Health NetworkLoma Linda University - Health System
NAD Health MinistriesNAD Youth Pathfinder Adventurer CampAdventist Family MinistriesAdventist Chaplaincy MinistriesAdventist Education
Children's MinistriesNAD Disabilities MinistriesAdventist Community ServicesNAD Women's MinistriesNAD Ministerial Department
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