DESPITE THE RAIN SHOWER, A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE ARE PUTTING ON THEIR PONCHOS TO MOVE THROUGH NORTHERN OMAHA TODAY. THIS IS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO EXERCISE. NEWSWATCH SEVEN TO NINE. STRAUSS CHRISTIANA WHO CAPTURED EVERY MOVEMENT OF THE FANTASTIC CLASSIC ABRACADABRA I AM MAGIC. THE RAIN AND COLD COULDN’T KEEP THIS GROUP FROM BRINGING THE HEAT ON SATURDAY. WHETHER IT’S YOUR ARMS, YOUR FEET OR YOUR ENTIRE BODY, MOVEMENT IS THE NAME OF THE GAME. BUT YOU MOVE YOUR BODY. SO YOU ARE SUPPORTING YOUR HEALTH AND IT’S GOOD TO CREATE ACADEMIC, RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM OR REACH PUT ON THIS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DAY. NO RAIN OR DOWNTIME. I WOULD NOT BUY A PONCHO. AND I WAS LIKE, IT’S JUST RAIN. IT’S GOOD. YOU CAN TRY YOURSELF. REACH HAS ORGANIZED THIS EVENT FOR FIVE YEARS NOW. IT’S FREE TO THE PUBLIC AND THERE IS GENERALLY GROUP FITNESS, BASKETBALL AND A KIDS ZONE. IT ALL STARTED TO HELP THE NORTH OMAHA COMMUNITY SEE EXERCISE AS A FUN THING TO DO. THE GOAL OF REDUCING LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS. IT HELPS TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF A DISEASE SUCH AS DIABETES, high blood pressure, heart disease. IT HELPS REDUCE DEPRESSION, AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN TAKE MANY FORMS. YOU CAN JUMP JACKS DURING TV COMMERCIALS OR RUN ON THE SPOT WHILE YOU WAIT FOR SOMETHING. THREE TIMES A WEEK IS A GOOD START AND YOU NEED TO SWEAT. JUST KEEP MOVING. JUST ANY LITTLE THING. IT’S NOT REALLY MATTE

North Omahan residents get out and move for a day of physical activity despite the rain

REACH has hosted this event for five years now.

Despite Saturday’s rain shower, a few dozen people put on their ponchos and set off in northern Omaha. Creighton University’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, program hosted the physical activity day. No stopping, rain or shine. “I went to buy myself a poncho and I was like it was just rain, it’s okay, you can dry yourself off,” said Athaliah Parker, a resident of North Omaha. REACH has hosted this event for five years now. It’s free to the public, and there’s usually group fitness, basketball, and a kids’ zone. It all started to help the North Omaha community see exercise as a fun thing to do. The goal is to reduce long-term health problems. “It helps to reduce the onset of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease. It helps to reduce depression,” said Dr. Richard Brown, executive director of the REACH program. Physical activity can take many forms. You can do jumping jacks during TV commercials or run in place while waiting for something. Three times a week is a good start and you have to sweat. “Keep moving, whatever. It doesn’t really matter,” Parker said.

Despite Saturday’s rain shower, a few dozen people put on their ponchos and set off in northern Omaha.

Creighton University’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, program hosted the physical activity day. No stopping, rain or shine.

“I went to buy myself a poncho and I was like it was just rain, it’s okay, you can dry yourself off,” said Athaliah Parker, a resident of North Omaha.

REACH has hosted this event for five years now. It’s free to the public, and there’s usually group fitness, basketball, and a kids’ zone.

It all started to help the North Omaha community see exercise as a fun thing to do. The goal is to reduce long-term health problems.

“It helps to reduce the onset of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease. It helps to reduce depression,” said Dr. Richard Brown, executive director of the REACH program.

Physical activity can take many forms. You can do jumping jacks during TV commercials or run in place while waiting for something. Three times a week is a good start and you have to sweat.

“Keep moving, whatever. It doesn’t really matter,” Parker said.