July 25, 2013
OSU Physicians clinic helping families make healthier choices
|Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit participant Ja'ton Stewart runs in the 2013 Firecracker 5K.|
The Oklahoma State University Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, part of the OSU Physicians system, is changing the way people think about eating and physical activity with Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit.
“Our program encourages families to adopt healthy habits like eating more nutritious meals and adding exercise to their daily routine,” said Sara Malone, program coordinator and dietitian. “When children learn to make healthy choices about eating and exercise with their parent, they are more likely to maintain those habits as adults.”
The program, which targets families with children between ages 10-16, is currently enrolling for a fall session that begins Sept. 10. The 12-week course, set for Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Downtown YMCA, helps families take small steps in adopting a healthier diet and increasing physical activity. Participating families are encouraged to eat more servings of fruit and vegetables and participate in a physical activity together every day. They are also urged to limit sugary beverages and time spent watching television or playing video games.
A highlight of the program is participating in a local 5K race. Families train during the weekly sessions and set walking goals for their exercise program. More than 40 participants recently completed the 2013 Firecracker 5K on July 4.
Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit is a partnership between the OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU Cooperative Extension Service and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma. Fleet Feet Sports, which also sponsors the program, waives the entry fee for race participants and provides gift certificates as incentives.
For more information or to register, contact the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic at 918-382-3100.