Public Health
2:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arts and health come together to get Cincinnati moving

Dancers from Pones Inc lead other grant recipients at the Contemporary Arts Center in a dance class to kick-off Join the Fun.
Dancers from Pones Inc lead other grant recipients at the Contemporary Arts Center in a dance class to kick-off Join the Fun.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. But a community health study finds Cincinnatians don't get nearly enough. Interact for Health and ArtsWave are partnering to try to fix that.

They're awarding $300,000 in grants to 21 agencies to provide active living programs. Interact for Health's Jaime Love says "Join the Fun" is all about getting people moving.

"We know that often people want to be active but they feel like either there isn't access to anything in their community or they don't know what to do or they don't have someone to do it with," says Love. "So this is an opportunity for these 21 organizations that were funded to put on physical activity events that people can come out and participate in and hopefully try something they haven't had an opportunity to try before."

From the Join the Fun website:

Active living promotes cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and helps people maintain a healthy weight. It reduces stress, enhances self-esteem and fosters an overall sense of well-being.

We want to invest in new events that encourage people to get active. We want to get people moving no matter what their age or ability.

Interact for Health is partnering with Artswave to support 21 organizations to plan new, recurring mass-particpation active-living events, develop outreach and promotion of existing events, or recruit new participants.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1, 2014: Check it out: Healthy Lifestyles, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Florence, KY 41042. Presented by Boone County Public Library. Cost: free

Every Tuesday starting March 4:

•Chair Yoga and Meditation (for anyone who can breathe), 11:30 a.m.-noon, Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (Walnut Hills). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Easy Yoga (for anyone who can get up and down from the floor on their own), 5:30-6:30 p.m., VITALITY Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 45212. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Modified Primary Yoga (moderate exertion - body-weight workout and meditation), 6:30-7:30 p.m., VITALITY Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 45212. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

March 8, 2014:

Price Hill Pacer Training, 9 a.m., Schaeper Center, Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205. Additional training for eight weeks 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at various locations in Price Hill. Presented by: Santa Maria Community Services. Cost: free.

Every Tuesday starting March 11:

•Easy Yoga (for anyone who can get up and down from the floor on their own), 6-7 p.m., Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (Walnut Hills). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Modified Primary Yoga (moderate exertion - body-weight workout and meditation), 7-8 p.m., Church of the Advent, 2366 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (Walnut Hills). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

March 16, 2014:

Pones In Public, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon, at starting line of all races of the Heart Mini Marathon, Lesley Alley, downtown Cincinnati. Presented by Pones Inc. Cost: free.

March 20, 2014:

Pones In Public, 3-4 p.m., Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

International Airport. Presented by Pones Inc. Cost: free.

March 29, 2014:

Kick Obesity, 10th Annual Radio One Book Fair. Presented by

Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. Cost: free.

March 29, 2014:

Family Food Dash, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Children's Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Presented by the Nutrition Council. Cost: $10

Every first and third Tuesday:

•20-minute Healing Touch-relaxation sessions, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Churches Active in Northside's food pantry, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223 (Northside). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Chair Yoga and Meditation (for anyone who can breathe), 1:15-1:45 p.m., Churches Active in Northside's food pantry, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223 (Northside). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

Every Wednesday:

•Chair Yoga and Meditation (for anyone who can breathe), 6:30-7 p.m., VITALITY Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 45212. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Rocket Yoga (for advanced practitioners), 7-8:15 p.m., VITALITY Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 45212. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

Every Thursday:

•Chair Yoga and Meditation (for anyone who can breathe), 6:30-7:30 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Oakley). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Modified Primary Yoga (moderate exertion - body-weight workout and meditation), 7:30-8:30 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Oakley). Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

•Easy Yoga (for anyone who can get up and down from the floor on their own), 10-11 a.m., Whole Foods Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason, OH 45040. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

Every Friday:

•Modified Primary Yoga (moderate exertion - body-weight workout and meditation), 7:30-8:30 a.m., Dan Beard Council's Boy Scouts Center/Gorman Heritage Farm, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: by donation

Every Friday that Xavier University is in session:

•Wellness Yoga, 3-4:15 p.m., O'Connor Sports Center, Xavier University. Presented by VITALITY Cincinnati. Cost: free to students/faculty/staff/members.

Every first and third Saturday:

•Avondale Safe Plays, 1-3 p.m. Rockdale Academy, 335 Rockdale Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229. Presented by Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation. Cost: free