EL RENO – Join Mercy Hospital El Reno, the El Reno Chamber of Commerce, Redlands Community College, the Canadian County Health Department, and El Reno Main Street on Saturday, Jan. 24 for the Project Wellness Kickoff Event.
At the kickoff event, participants will receive free blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and can sign up for the six-week Project Wellness program.
Project Wellness is a free, activity-focused wellness program designed to motivate anyone with a desire or need to increase activity for fitness or for fun.
“We are excited to be one of the sponsors of Project Wellness because we know firsthand how increasing physical activity, making nutritional changes and knowing your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels) can improve your overall health,” said Pam Broyles, director of nursing at Mercy Hospital El Reno.
Each Wednesday at noon, Project Wellness participants can bring their lunches and learn about a different wellness-related topic, such as body sculpting, heart health and yoga.
Additionally, participants are encouraged to participate in 30 minutes of daily physical activity at least five days a week for the duration of the program. Participants who log at least 900 minutes of activity from Jan. 24 through March 6 will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the event. Physical activity may be performed anywhere as long as it is sustained activity; this does not include start/stop activities done during normal daily work.
“Through individual and group activities, we hope the program will motivate people in El Reno to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and reduce stress,” said Dusti Brodrick, field consultant for the Canadian County Health Department.
The Project Wellness Kickoff Event will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Redlands Community College cafeteria, located in the main building at 1300 S. Country Club Road in El Reno.
Registration forms can be filled out at the kickoff event or taken to the Canadian County Health Department, located at 100 S. Rock Island Ave. in El Reno, prior to Jan. 24. Registration forms may also be emailed to DustiB@health.ok.gov no later than Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Each participant will receive an activity log to document physical activity; logs are due by March 11 at 5 p.m.
A final event will be held at Mercy Hospital El Reno on March 11 from 7 to 9 a.m. If you participated in health screenings at the kickoff event, you may also receive health screenings at the final event.
For more information about Project Wellness, call Dusti Brodrick at 580-614-1687 or Pam Broyles at 405-262-2640.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.