Metro Tech grant to advance fitness program – Journal Record

Metro Tech grant to advance fitness program – Journal Record

From left, MetroFIT Line Dance Instructor Charissa Milton, OKC Adventure District Executive Director Brittani Hunter, state Rep. Ajay Pittman, and Metro Tech Community Outreach and Wellness Department Specialist Rhonda Wright stand together during a recent “Adventurous Afternoons” event held at True Sky Credit Union in preparation of the new Metro Tech Family Fitness Program to launch in the OKC Adventure District. (Courtesy photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Community Outreach and Wellness Department at Metro Technology Centers has received a $30,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation through its OKCGetsFit Wellness Initiative.

According to a release, the grant will fund implementation of the Metro Tech Family Fitness Program, which is set to launch in August.

Created by Valerie McMurry, Metro Tech’s community outreach and wellness director, and Rhonda Wright, outreach and wellness specialist, the program will focus on fitness for families living within the 73111 ZIP code.

“The families in this ZIP code are lacking overall health, fitness, food and educational resources,” McMurry said. “We want to use this grant to reunite and strengthen the families in these areas by implementing a program they can enjoy together.”

The program will coordinate free group nature walks four times a month. Construction on local walking trails is underway in the area of Metro Technology Centers’ Springlake Campus and OKC’s Adventure District.

“We have all this beautiful nature around us, so we wanted to bring back the old school way of getting healthy by going outside and getting fit as a family,” McMurry said.

Other activities will be integrated into the program as it progresses such as Zumba, jump rope, triathlons, 5Ks, cycling clubs, walking and running clubs and more. Metro Tech’s Community Outreach and Wellness Department is also in the process of a partnership with a local greenhouse that the families could visit on the walk to learn about growing and integrating natural foods into their diet.

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