There were two events I participated in last week. One I co-hosted and the other I sponsored. And I’m going to share my take-a-way from both events.
I had the opportunity to co-host a wellness movement. The agenda was simple and the idea was to get the community to try different types of fitness styles.
I’ll be the first to admit that 7am yoga is for the truly dedicated. Personally my favorite time to practice is at 6am but that’s after years of training. Yet this crew was pretty awesome because it was a first attempt for many. Impressive!
This style was completely new to me and it consisted of pow-wow music & movements. The two leading the session are a father & son team who have competed in different pow-wow venues throughout North America. This was intense & motivating.
HIIT felt like a bootcamp session but it had a predetermined list of targeted movements that were on a whiteboard while being timed. I would challenge anyone taking their fitness to the next level to try it.
We also had health and fitness businesses join us such as the local Curves . They donated items for our raffle, connected with attendees, spoke about their services and provided valuable resources.
The highlight was having a representative from a local farmers market share products that are grown & made in Washington state. It was full of delicious berries and so much more.
How to host a Wave Of Wellness or Fitness event in your community.
- Gather of team of like minded people who are service driven.
- Set up regular meetings and possibly a “private” Facebook page to share any questions, progress or developments.
- Pick a place, date, time, budget, teams (set-up, break-down, kitchen, security & registration) and determine resources needed.
- Plan your marketing strategy and have everyone share on their social media pages.
- Host & have fun. Remember to take lots of pics.
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In 2015 Puyallup council member (David Bean) & Youth Director (Lisa Earl) got a bunch of fitness fanatics together to plan, organize & host a Native American WAVE OF WELLNESS. The goal was to start a health wave within native community by hosting an event where people can gather and experience different fitness styles.
I got involved after hearing the reason behind it, to get native community healthy. Let’s be honest, we’ve all felt the brush of diabetes, cancer & heart disease but what if we could be proactive about our health. In fact I want to dedicate my workout to my sister who made it through stage4 cancer. That’s her in the center…
This AUGUST 1st, 2016 we’re at it again… both Amanda Rae (above left) & Mrs. McGee, a.k.a. Liz, (above right) attended the past Native American WOW events and wanted to bring it to Nisqually. With the help of Stacey Gouley, Facility Director of NYC, the planning team includes Nisqually’s Fitness Director, Nisqually Garden Team, Nisqually’s Nutritionalist and me, Zumba with Hoomalamalama. I have to mention Otellie, who’s also in the picture, she played soccer with my sister back-in-the-day and rocked her Zumba moves with the rest of us.
Nisqually Tribe’s Wave Of Wellness
August 1, 2016 @ 7am-12pm
Nisqually Youth & Community Center (NYCC)
1937 Lashi St. SE
Olympia, WA. 98513
Nisqually Youth & Community Center
7am – 10am Registration
7am – Sunrise Yoga: Maja Brickner
8am – Breakfast: Welcome & Guest Speaker: David Bean
9am – HITT Workout: Kareem Gannie
10am – Intertribal Fitness: Melvin Blacketer
11am – Zumba® Fitness: Ho’omalamalama
12pm – Heart Happy Walk
(45min with 15min transition)
Game Rm – Nisqually Garden Learning sessions with the garden team.
Leschi Rm – Nutrition with Bernita Learning sessions with the nutritionalist.
Mezzanine Walking track above gym.
Resource vendors who specialize in health and wellness will be setting up tables for non-participants to stroll and collect info. If you would like to be a vendor email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gym above & the weight room below.
It’s fitness, family & fun!
Please share this event! We want to fill this space.