9.12.17 - Multiple community organizations came together Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Midview Schools to promote ongoing health initiatives with a field day event.
The third annual 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 the inaugural Field Day event in 2015 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 nearly 1,200 students, staff, and volunteers from multiple partners here today as part of Field Day. It is the most beautiful day to teach these kids even more fun and unique ways to learn how to enhance their health and wellness, and in an exciting way,” 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 daily activities to help them achieve the daily recommended steps.
“This Field Day event continues to grow each year and has become a signature event for both our United We Sweat initiative and the Common VIEW Community Collaborative,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County marketing and development director Ryan Aroney. “Our goal is not only to host a great one-time event that teaches valuable lessons, but to develop a long-term supportive environment that allows for the students to implement and maintain the lessons learned here today.”
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 yoga, stability balls, and desk cycles to improve attention in the classroom, more healthy food options in the cafeteria, and additional mental health resources.
“This is a one-time event where we bring together all of these awesome partners and resources, and with Common VIEW we’re able to keep that in the school all year long and really create a safe and healthy environment that makes these healthy behaviors achievable,” said Kat Solove, health education specialist with the Lorain County General Health District and one of the coordinators of the Common VIEW Community Collaborative.