Community member and former Physical Fitness Specialist Rachel Seepie had fun day working with Communtiy members again during her cardio kickboxing class.

Community Wellness Program and Expo: Healthy Living Starts from Within

By Angela Willeford and Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community is trying its best to ensure the health and well-being of its Community members and employees. A new program called the Community Wellness Program has been established to jump-start health awareness for Community members. The goal of the program is to help Community members become more aware of their health to ensure they live long and healthy lives, spiritually and physically.

Michael Mainwold, Wellness team leader, said the program will teach about preventive health measures, then help Community members with treatment measures if needed.

A wellness coach will assess the program participants and let them know where they stand when it comes to their health. If a person is found to have high blood pressure or borderline diabetes, the Community will provide information and encourage the person to acknowledge and accept the responsibility to take care of himself or herself.

“What better way for a person to be aware of their body than to get a checkup to see how they are really doing when it comes to being healthy?” Mainwold said.

On June 26, at Salt River High School more than 150 Community members attended the first Community Path to Wellness Expo, an event to kick off the new Community Wellness Program. The Expo educated Community members of all ages about living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.

The morning started off with registration; participants received goodie bags full of items to get them started on their wellness journey, plus a card listing the workshops at the Expo with three blank spaces to get stamped after attending them. The completed cards were entered into a drawing held at the end of the Expo.

As Expo participants made their way into the auditorium, they browsed at a number of informational booths, learning about health-related programs within the Community and talking to businesses that offered information on healthy lifestyles.

Inspirational guest speakers Rachel Seepie and Pacer Reina spoke about their journey to a healthier way of life through physical fitness. Seepie spoke about her experience as the first female Community member to complete the Ford Arizona Ironman Triathlon. Reina shared his journey to becoming physically active and fit for himself and his five children.

After listening to the speakers, participants and their families attended the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. They also could take up to four 20-minute classes, choosing from Cardio Kickboxing, Zumba, Senior Steppers, Line Dancing, Family Obstacle Course, Family Fit Workout, CrossFit, Proper Shoe Fitting and Mousercise.

The day ended with the prize drawings. The grand prize, for a night at the Talking Stick Resort and dinner at the Orange Sky, went to Rachel Harris. The teen grand prize went to Angelique Schurz, who won a Nintendo Wii game console and Wii Dance Revolution. The children’s grand prizes went to Chastine Seepie and Teya Johnson, who both received a bicycle. Other prizes included gift cards to Subway restaurants.

On July 24, a second health assessment and Expo for Community members will be held. The first 100 people through the doors will be sized for a new pair of Nike N7 shoes.

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