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September 30, 2013

Just 10 minutes of your time: Fitness Fun Day teaches families importance of exercise

NEW ALBANY —

Spending much of his time in the seat of a big rig, Kelvin Shorter said it was difficult for him to know if he had time to exercise. Between long stops and even longer stretches on the road, it was hard to budget time to get on his feet.

But at Fitness Fun Day, part of the seventh annual Ohio River Greenway 5K Run/Walk, the Louisvillian said he learned just 10 minutes of activity can help make him and his family healthier.

“I just want to be more proactive about our health, exercise and eating better,” Shorter said. “We have a membership at the [YMCA], so that’s how we found out about this.”

On Saturday, the Floyd County Physical Activity Coalition and Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services paired up with the Ohio River Greenway to expand their event this year to reach families on the importance of daily exercise and the impact it has on their health.

At the New Albany Amphitheater, residents could participate in the 5K, but also get in on some Zumba and other exercises at the lead of experts from the Floyd County YMCA.

Shannon Carroll, member of the Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana and community outreach nurse at Floyd Memorial, said last year, a health assessment by the hospital showed Floyd County has areas of concern in cancer, heart disease and obesity. She said that spurred them to come up with programs for residents involving exercise, nutrition and smoking cessation.

But she said something the event focused on was a program called “Give Me 10.” She said research shows 10 minutes of activity can make a person healthier than if they don’t engage in any kind of physical activity at all.

She said while 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day is optimal, 10 minutes is enough to impact a person’s health and is easy enough to manage.

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