Are you ready to dust off your exercise clothes and get active? Sign up for the annual Get Active Howard County program, a 10-week county-wide wellness initiative. The program is sponsored in part by Columbia Association (CA) and starts on Monday, March 26. The current program emphasizes all areas of wellness, and an effort is underway to provide ongoing opportunities on the Get Active Howard County calendar year-round!
Plan to stop by the Columbia Mall on March 10, from 10am-2pm, for Get Active Howard County Community Awareness Day! Or attend one of our free kick-off celebrations:
- School Kick-Off: Saturday, March 17, from 10am-1pm, at the Howard Community College gym
- Workplace Kick-Off: Monday, March 19, from 7:30-9:30am at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
- Community Kick-Off: Saturday, March 24, from 11am-3pm at the Supreme Sports Club
- Family Wellness Day: Sunday, June 3, from 10am-3pm at Centennial Park
The Get Active Howard County program began in 2000 as an answer to an article in Men’s Fitness Magazine. The article identified the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in America. CA partnered with Howard County Recreation and Parks, the American Cancer Society and the Howard County General Hospital to create “Get Active Columbia.” The goal was to create a free, 10-week, community-wide initiative designed to encourage physical activity for those living or working in Columbia. The program encouraged residents to complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day and record their minutes on a paper log or online.
Several years passed and Get Active Columbia morphed into Get Active Howard County, which brought a whole host of new partners to the table, including the American Diabetes Association, the villages of Columbia, Howard County Citizen Services, Howard County Library and We Promote Health. The program welcomed all Howard County residents to participate as individuals, corporate teams, school teams and even family teams. One of the unique features of this program is the broad calendar of activities available for all Howard Countians. In more recent years, the program added a balance of physical activities, nutrition and health education and even screenings. Participants in the program can exercise by themselves or attend any of the free classes and activities listed in the calendar.
Check out the web site for information about the kick-off activities, or information about how you can join: GetActiveHowardCounty.org.
— Written by Carol Wasser