Can you exercise and feed the hungry at the same time? YES!

Who doesn’t like situations where everyone wins? No one. So why not attend WOU’s 2nd Annual Fun Run, Walk & Roll?! On February 28th, the Office of Disability Services and the Health and Wellness Center are sponsoring a 5K run/walk in which all proceeds benefit the Governor’s Food Drive, the WOU Food Pantry, and Race to End Hunger. At only $5 to register, this is such a great event that will change so many lives- including yours!


In case you’re wondering, a 5K is 3.1 miles. Depending on your fitness level, that could seem like a lot or a little. If you think it’s a little, then let’s do it!! If you think it’s a lot, I’m here to convince you it isn’t as bad as you think! It’s true, becoming fit involves commitment and sometimes a big change in your lifestyle. But there isn’t a better decision you can make. Everything you have in your life can come crashing down if you don’t have your health.

The key to making a successful commitment is sometimes just doing a little bit at a time. Are you a complete beginner when it comes to fitness? That’s okay! There’s never a better time to start than now. Start by adding a 15 minute walk to your day. Make it a part of your routine. Do you get coffee or lunch down the street at that little sandwich shop? Try walking there and back instead of driving. When that doesn’t seem so bad, try a 30 minute walk at least 3 times a week. Go to the park or check out the neighborhood. Don’t worry about how fast you’re going or how far. A lot of times if a fitness goal falls through, it’s because of trying to do too much too fast and you get discouraged. If you slowly increase your work outs, you’ll find your body will naturally want to do more eventually. Along with the desire to exercise will come a better overall mood, more energy, better sleep, the list goes on and on!


To make things even easier in our lives, technology is always at our fingertips. There are a plethora of apps out there these days that can help you reach your fitness goal. If you’re a beginner, research the “Couch-to-5K” training app. Like the title suggests, it will help you get from the couch-potato-position to jogging a 5K with ease. With a training schedule consisting of only 3 days a week, it’s totally doable. I have faith in you!

If you’d like more info about the 5K on campus this friday, stop by the Health and Wellness Center or call 503-838-8250 Ext 88250. Also check out for the event calendar.

UPDATE: Unfortunately this event has been canceled (as of Feb. 26).

By Tia Jay

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