University to Host Monthly Health Programs for Community

Lawrence, KS- Haskell Indian Nations University is set to kick-off a community-wide exercise program called Healthier Haskell on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Haskell Memorial Stadium. The event and fitness program is free and open to the public.

The Healthier Haskell program aims to bring together the local community to improve overall health and wellness. Haskell will host monthly activities and events on campus utilizing a holistic approach to wellness. These activities include classes, seminars, and activities for all ages, interests, and fitness levels. A monthly calendar will be posted on the Haskell website after September 1, 2007.

The focal point of the Healthier Haskell initiative is a 10-month program to “walk around the world”. Collectively the community will log a total of 24,901 miles – the distance of the circumference of the earth. During the duration of the program individuals and teams will participate in weekly walking/running activities to log miles in addition to the unified monthly events. Individual and team miles will be collected and our progress of “walking around the world” will be charted.

Local, regional, and national groups will be invited to the monthly themed events to join Haskell in becoming the “fittest” college in the nation. At the monthly events, individuals and teams we will be recognized for such honors as “the most events attended” and “most miles logged.” Incentives will also be given to individuals who accumulate 100, 250, 500 and 1000 miles, such as sweatshirts, shorts, beaded lanyards, and much more. Further, at each monthly event participants will receive an entry form for a chance at the Grand Prize drawing in May. The Grand Prize is 2 round-trip tickets to anywhere in the United States!

Individuals and teams can register by attending the inaugural event on August 29, 2007 at 6 p.m. in the Haskell Memorial Stadium. Team members must also complete an individual registration form. Teams can be a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 individuals and can be comprised of Haskell students, staff, faculty and Lawrence community members.

For more information, please contact Al Gipp, Healthier Haskell Coordinator, 785-766-2513, or email at agipp@haskell.edu