Walking to REACH a goal of reducing disparities

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Health System has launched their new REACH walking program.

The KBIC is receiving grant funding from the Center of Disease Control and the Inner Tribal Council of Michigan, whom they have a cooperative agreement with.

According to the CDC, REACH is a national program to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. REACH stands for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health.

REACH gives funds to state and local health departments, tribes, universities, and community-based organizations. Awardees use these funds to build strong partnerships to guide and support the program”s work. Along with funding, CDC provides expert support to REACH awardees.

“We’re running to increase activity and promote healthier lifestyles,” said Community Health Representative, Elizabeth Mayo.

The goal of the program is to walk around Lake Superior, or the 350 miles that it takes to do so. There are incentives and prizes for those who are involved.

“After each segment, if goals are met, you turn in the log sheet and receive an incentive,” said Mayo.

There are two components to this program. Besides walking, the goal is to increase water intake.

There are 38 people signed up for the program so far, but the more the merrier.

“We don”t care where you walk, but the goal is to get 7,000 steps,” said Mayo.

The Niiwin Akeaa gym will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow those interested to walk indoors.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Mayo at 353-4531, or Mary Dee at 353-4530.