KON Chapter Activity to address:
Critical Issue: Staying Active
One in ten premature deaths could be prevented by getting enough physical activity. As of 2022, about one in two adults live with a chronic disease. (About half of this group have two or more.) Only half of adults get the physical activity they need to help reduce and prevent chronic diseases. A consistent level of activity across the United States would help people become a healthier and more resilient version of themselves. https://www.cdc.gov/
Possible Chapter Service Activities
- Sponsor or volunteer at a local 1 mile/5K fun run in your community (or more ambitious, make your own). This could also be a color run or obstacle/mud run within your community.
- Coordinate a dance/yoga/activity exercise session at your local school – age appropriate from daycare to high school.
- Moving doesn’t have to be a race! Coordinate a local swim Instead!
- Plan a hike in your community to explore nature while exercising. (Try Meetup! If you can’t find a group to join, make your own. Instead of calling it “Kappa Omicron Nu Hikers” name yourself something for everyone – make new friends and encourage people to have a more active lifestyle)
- Coordinate a school Olympics competition or field day.
- Sponsor walk/fitness breaks rather than coffee/snack breaks for your chapter/ dorm /sorority/ fraternity/ study group. Exercise is a great way to stay motivated and on track during the day.
- Be leaders by exemplifying the benefits of physical activity to your community. Blog or publicly share progress of your yourself or your group to tell others about your experience.
- Volunteer at local establishments (like the YMCA or other community centers, play museums, daycares, etc.) to work out and play with members of your community.
- Educate students (K-12) about the importance of physical activity through stories or a gym class visit.
- Assist at a senior center with their programs to benefit elderly resident’s physical health or create and propose your own activity to encourage older adults to stay active in some way. Become a motivating source of engagement within your community.
- Create online workout guides or videos for the public, to encourage them to include more physical activity into their lives.
- Plogging! Join the Swedish trend of cleaning up your community by picking up trash during your run walk or hike.
Potential Local Partners
- City, County, and State Health Departments
- Campus or local daycare centers
- Community public school district
- Local chapter of an appropriate association
- University nutrition faculty
- Student organizations in academic unit
Other Service Activity Ideas or Resources
- Michelle Obama’s Lets Move initiative:https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/initiatives
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) Campaign Materials for all members of the population
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) Move Your Way Partner Promotion Toolkit https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/move-your-way-community-resources/partner-promotion-toolkit
- University of Wyoming SNAP-Ed Active Living Program Ideas
- Montana State University Fact Sheet on Physical Activity (educational resource)
- Veteran Affairs List of Indoor Physical Activities
- University of Colorado at Denver School of Public Health Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center School Wellness Programs Lesson Plans around physical activity
- Move Your Way Activity Planner
- Activity Ideas to Stay Active for younger Kids from Active for Life
- I Can Do It (ICDI) School-based Program
- CDC Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)