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North Omahans get out and move for physical activity day – Brospar Daily News

Despite Saturday’s downpour, dozens of people donned ponchos and began moving through North Omaha. Creighton University’s Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health Initiative (REACH) organized this day of sports activities. It doesn’t stop, rain or shine. “I went to buy myself a poncho and thought it was just rain, it’s ok, you can take it off,” North Omaha resident Athaliah Parker said. REACH has been organizing this event for five years. It’s free to the public and usually includes a fitness band, basketball, and kids’ area. It all started to help the North Omaha community see exercise as a fun thing to do. The goal is to reduce long-term health problems. “It helps reduce the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It helps reduce depression,” said Dr. Richard Brown, executive director of the REACH program. Physical activity can take many forms. You can do jumping jacks during a TV commercial or run in place while waiting for something. Three times a week is a good start, you have to sweat. “Go ahead, just a little thing. It doesn’t matter,” Parker said.

Despite Saturday’s downpour, dozens of people donned ponchos and began moving through North Omaha.

Creighton University’s Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health Initiative (REACH) organized this day of sports activities. It doesn’t stop, rain or shine.

“I went to buy myself a poncho and thought it was just rain, it’s ok, you can take it off,” North Omaha resident Athaliah Parker said.

REACH has been organizing this event for five years. It’s free to the public and usually includes a fitness band, basketball, and kids’ area.

It all started to help the North Omaha community see exercise as a fun thing to do. The goal is to reduce long-term health problems.

“It helps reduce the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It helps reduce depression,” said Dr. Richard Brown, executive director of the REACH program.

Physical activity can take many forms. You can do jumping jacks during a TV commercial or run in place while waiting for something. Three times a week is a good start, you have to sweat.

“Go ahead, just a little thing. It doesn’t matter,” Parker said.

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