MODESTO, Calif. - The Modesto Nuts Baseball Club, along with the Argus mobile walking app, the HEART Coalition of Stanislaus County, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, Champions for Change Program - an initiative of the California Department of Public Health's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch, and, the City of Modesto, is leading the charge to support health and wellness through the launch of "Intentional Walk," a community walking program taking place between June 9 - August 18.
Intentional Walk encourages physical activity among Stanislaus County families through walking. The Modesto Nuts have created a special walking route within John Thurman Field to support participation and physical activity before and during Nuts games. Walkers - no matter where their walking takes place - will track their distance through the Argus mobile app for the opportunity to win prizes, including healthy recipe cookbooks, meet and greet opportunities with Modesto Nuts players, a chance to throw out a first pitch, and 2019 season tickets.
To participate in Intentional Walk:
- Go to the Apple App Store, if you are an iPhone user, or Google Play Store, if you are an Android phone user, and download the Argus mobile app for free
- Open the app and create an account
- Tap the blue and green tile that says "2018 Intentional Walk"
- Type in passcode "Modestonuts" to enroll
- Start walking!
"While our ball players give their all on the field, as an organization the Modesto Nuts want to do all we can to support the community's wellness endeavors off the field," said Zach Brockman, general manager of the Modesto Nuts Baseball Club. "Just as a walk can increase a team's chance of scoring, walking can help put the community on the right path to good health, and the Modesto Nuts are proud to provide a platform to encourage this increase in physical activity."
The open-to-the-community Intentional Walk kick-off event and ceremonial "first walk" will be Saturday, June 9 and will feature program partners and community participants walking together. The program will run through Saturday, August 18 when a closing ceremony will take place at John Thurman Field and top walkers will be announced.
"Along with healthy eating and hydrating our bodies with water, physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and can play an important role in the fight against obesity," said Heather Duvall, Community Wellness and Prevention Manager, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. "Even a small amount of walking can get the heart pumping and muscles working. Walking can be a low-impact activity all members of the family can work into their daily routines, and participants of Intentional Walk can track their miles walked anywhere - at a park, around community establishments or around their neighborhood."
Research has indicated that excess calorie intake and physical inactivity contribute to obesity, which is associated with some of the leading preventable chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.1 The Champions for Change Program wants to inspire and motivate Californians to be better by adopting small changes today for a healthier tomorrow. For better health, adults need 150 minutes a week and kids need 60 minutes of active play every day. Walking helps support a healthy weight, control heart disease and diabetes, keeps bones and muscles strong, and improves balance to help prevent falls.
For more information on Intentional Walk visit www.modestonuts.com
For more information about the Champions for Change Program, or to learn how to become a
Champion for Change, visit www.CaChampionsForChange.net. The website features stories about families who are finding ways to be better every day, including eating healthier, being active, and drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Families through Stanislaus County can also follow Champions for Change on Facebook for creative ideas, helpful resources, and delicious recipes to support families on the path to better health.
1US Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Systematic Evidence Review from the Obesity Expert Panel, 2013. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/state-local-programs/profiles/pdfs/california-state-profile.pdf Accessed May 25, 2018.