BANGOR – St. Joseph Healthcare wants you to lace up your running shoes and commit to fit.
“The fitness event we have coming up is called the ‘commit to get fit,'” Brad Coffey, the president of the St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, said. “It’s all about getting people off the couch and feeling inspired to be more active.”
Their goal is to get people of all fitness levels active and healthy, by holding a 5K walk and run, and a 10K run.
One way they’re encouraging people to commit to fit ahead the event on September 29 is holding group runs in Broadway Park every Tuesday and Thursday nights.
“It’s an opportunity for folks to really try to take a step to improve their health, whether it’s walking, running or just moving their bodies, which as a whole will improve your livelihood and how healthy you are,” said Tracy Bennett, a physician assistant at St. Joseph General Surgery.
People who aren’t able to run the event are still encouraged to come and walk.
“Often people think when they workout they need to be going as hard as they can all the time,” said Cameron Puls, a physical therapist at Dragonfly Physical Therapy. “What we really try to preach is that you want to go for what you have time for, what you have energy for, and what you can fit into your lifestyle.”
All of the money raised from the walk and run is going towards the SAFE Nurse Program.
“SAFE stands for sexual assault forensic examiner,” Coffey explained. “These are nurses in our emergency department who care for women who have been sexually assaulted to get them the services they need.”
You can find more information about St. Joseph Healthcare’s Commit to Get Fit initiative here.