United We Sweat Promotes Ongoing Community Health Initiatives At Midview Field Day Event

9.13.16 - Multiple community organizations came together Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Midview Schools to promote ongoing health initiatives with a field day event.

United We Sweat Field Day included nearly 1,000 elementary and middle school students from Midview Schools taking part in fitness stations and learning wellness activities that can be completed on Midview’s walking path and at home with their families. The walking path was unveiled as part of last year’s event and connects the elementary, middle school and high school campuses to Ross Field.

This year’s event featured multiple partnerships and collaborations coming together to benefit the health of the community. Partners representing United We Sweat and the Common VIEW Community Collaborative - both initiatives of United Way of Greater Lorain County that are focused on promoting a healthier lifestyle - were in attendance and have been instrumental in supporting ongoing projects in the area.

United We Sweat is a partnership between United Way, the French Creek Family YMCA, the Lorain County General Health District, Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Metro Parks and University Hospitals Avon Health Center. The initiative aims to ensure that everyone in Lorain County has access to quality physical activities no matter their location, age or skill level by providing a diverse calendar of free fitness activities throughout the county.

“We have 933 students, 39 teachers and principals, as well as over 70 volunteers from multiple partners here today as part of Field Day. This fun-filled event is an excellent opportunity to engage the community in activities and programs that encourage healthy living and to get kids excited about their fitness experiences,” said Lisa Augustine, professor and program coordinator of HPER at LCCC.

The partners of United We Sweat led the stations during the Field Day event and were joined by volunteers from the Midview Schools and Ross Environmental Services. The Ross Foundation also sponsored the event with a grant.

Stations included obstacle courses, beach ball and parachute games and fitness competitions. Students also learned about the dangers of tobacco use and drinking and driving while learning the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and staying hydrated. Each student in attendance received a pedometer and learned about adding activities to help them achieve the daily recommended steps.

“This is another great example of organizations coming together and creating something bigger and better than any of us could accomplish alone, and we all did it without caring who gets the credit,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County marketing and development director Ryan Aroney. “Today’s event is a way to get these kids excited and motivated about their physical health, and through the Common VIEW Community Collaborative, we’ll be able to follow up to help today’s lessons become part of their daily routines.”

Common VIEW - which stands for Vision for Improved Education and Wellness - is a United Way Community Collaborative led by the Health District that focuses on improving the mental and physical health of middle-grade learners in both the Midview and Clearview school districts. The collaborative was launched in the fall of 2014 and includes nine partners providing wrap-around services within school buildings that address the connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement.

Initiatives implemented through the Common VIEW collaborative include the use of stability balls and desk cycles to improve attention in the classroom, more healthy food options in the cafeteria and additional mental health resources.

“Field Day highlights all of the things that we’re working on internally throughout the school district with the Common VIEW Community Collaborative, including focusing on the importance of social-emotional health, mental health and physical health. This is a one day showcase but we’re doing these things every day to create a culture and climate within the schools where students are healthy and safe,” said Kat Evers, Lorain County General Health District health education specialist.