QCin Motion week, May 15 through 22, is focused on getting people outside and moving.|
"We're really trying to get people involved, get them out," said Christy Filby, Quad Cities YMCA community wellness executive, and member of the Activate Quad Cities guiding coalition.
The effort is dedicated to promoting wellness, with employee health walks on May 19, bike rides with Quad-Cities parks directors on May 22, and several QC-TAG events throughout the week.
In addition to the Quad Cities YMCA (representing all local YMCAs), Activate Quad Cities, QC-TAG, and parks departments, organizing partners include the American Heart Association, Bi-State Regional Commission, and the Quad City Health Initiative.
Ms. Filby said it's exciting to see all the agencies "coming together for the health of the community."
According to recent figures in the 2009 Quad Cities Community Vitality Snapshot, 65.5 percent of adults in Rock Island County are overweight, and 59.5 percent of Scott County adults are overweight.
Ms. Filby said the goal of QCin Motion is to combat obesity in the Quad-Cities by encouraging people to bike to work, walk outside on work breaks and to explore the Quad-Cities outside of a car.
"They might find they can easily work it into their schedule," Ms. Filby said.
The health walks will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf. Ms. Filby said every business that is a member of an chamber of commerce will receive a mailing about the walks.
Chuck Oestreich, QC-TAG steering committee member, said group members are thrilled to be a partner. QC in Motion events promote alternative transportation in the Quad-Cities, including The Loop, the Quad-Cities' riverfront circulator which is in its first year.
Mr. Oestreich said none of the QCin Motion events are competitive, so no one needs to feel intimidated about participating.
Carrie Roelf, Rock Island Parks & Recreation community recreation manager, said that even if you're unable to come to the employee health walk locations, people can participate by walking a few blocks near their workplace.
The May 22 bike rides with parks directors will be in area parks and on local bike trails, Ms. Roelf said. She will show people Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park, which will be nearly completed.
Ms. Roelf hopes participants encourage others to join them, and some see it as a week to start a new, more active lifestyle.
To learn more about the week and its events, visit www.activatequadcities.org.
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