Avedis Foundation is on the move to help jumpstart the community into a healthier lifestyle. Avedis President and CEO Michelle Briggs said the objective behind health week is to put physical activity back into adults' daily routines.

Note: An in-depth look at how the Avedis Foundation is promoting health and wellbeing in the community through a weeklong series of activities for all ages.

Avedis Foundation is on the move to help jumpstart the community into a healthier lifestyle.

Avedis President and CEO Michelle Briggs said the objective behind health week is to put physical activity back into adults' daily routines.

“One lady who came last year has started riding her bike everywhere she goes,” Briggs said. “She said health week is what spurred her to do it.”

That's exactly the purpose of health week, Briggs said, the hope is to get people in the habit of moving again.

“Children are so naturally active,” she said. “At some point, many adults quit moving after awhile.”

She said it's always exciting to see children enjoy Krazy Kids Day, and encourages kids to stay active, but health week also is geared to bring that kind of motion back into adult's lives.

The health week activities are designed for all ages –– anyone who can breathe and move is encouraged to take part.

“Even if exercise is not their main goal, I hope everyone comes out and has fun,” she said.

The main thing, Briggs said, is to plant seeds of healthy living to help people start doing it throughout the year.

Activities

Wednesday's Senior Stroll consists of quarter-mile, half-mile and one-mile courses in downtown Shawnee. They begin at the Shawnee Municipal Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Krazy Kids Day is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Boy Scout Park –– if there's bad weather it will be moved to the Shawnee YMCA, at 700 Saratoga St.

Friday's event is the Glow Run and Family Fun Run at St. Gregory's campus –– is a non-competitive, non-timed run of 5K or less, which starts at 8 p.m., and the Family Fun Run (one mile or less) starts at 8:05 p.m. Sign-in starts at 7 p.m.; the first 300 to sign in will receive a free drawstring backpack filled with glow goodies. T-shirts and tank tops will also be available for purchase for $10 each –– proceeds will benefit Fr. Paul Zahler's Home Integration Child Development Center.

Saturday brings with it the Peddling for Health Family Fun Bike Ride. Sign-in is at 8 a.m., with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. The event starts at the Shawnee Municipal Auditorium. The course follows along Broadway Avenue until bikers turn around at Emmett Street to ride back to the start-point. Bike helmets are required for all participants.

What's new

Briggs said Tuesday's event and venue is similar to last year's, but instead of Yoga, participants will get to try their hand at Tai Chi.

“It will be nice to have Tai Chi outside, but we do have a backup if it rains,” Briggs said.

If there is inclement weather, she said, the event will relocate to the Shawnee Municipal Auditorium, 401 N. Bell St.

According to the website, participants should wear comfortable clothes and meet at the Shawnee Splash Pool House Pavilion at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, visit avedisfoundation.org.

By the numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2000, 2005, and 2010:

In 2010, about one in three adults (32.4 percent) who had seen a physician or other health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity.

Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of adults receiving advice to exercise increased by about 10 percentage points.

Among adults aged 85 and over, the percentage receiving advice to exercise nearly doubled between 2000 (15.3 percent) and 2010 (28.9 percent).

Receiving advice to exercise increased for adults with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Adults who were overweight or obese had the largest percentage point increases over the decade 2000–2010 in being advised to exercise.

The percentage of adults who had been advised to exercise increased from 22.6 percent in 2000 to 32.4 percent in 2010. At each time point, women were more likely than men to have been advised to exercise.

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