Dr. Lacie Mockros is a chiropractor focusing on women’s and children’s natural health care. She has been practicing in the St. Cloud area for ten years with a specialty in pediatrics. She is an avid runner herself and enjoys helping Minser Chiropractic Clinic put on our annual 5K and 1K to help promote fitness in the community.
See Dr. Lacie Mockros’s full bio, here!
This is the 9th year that Minser Chiropractic Clinic will been putting on a 5K walk/run and 1K Kids Fun Run in the community and each year gets better and better. One of my favorite things about our event is the 1K Kids Fun Run. There is nothing better than seeing those little ones line-up, take their mark and as soon as the gun goes off see their little legs take off running.
These kids run for the sheer joy of it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes them or if they have to stop and walk, they cross that finish line with a look of accomplishment that is hard to beat.
Coming from a background of natural health care, I can’t tell you how important it is to stress physical activity in children. Sedentary kids lead to sedentary adults. With childhood obesity rising every year, we need to instill in our children healthy habits from the start.
Minser Chiropractic Clinic has been proud to offer this great family event as one way to promote keeping kids active. We are very excited to be working with BLEND to promote our event. Our event is part of the 2013 BLEND Fit Kids Club Series. Additionally, the proceeds of our event being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN and Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center.
Our event offers the 1K along with visits from the local fire department, face painting, temporary tattoos, and a bounce house, not to mention the great food for all those who cross the finish-line. Every runner also receives a goodie bag, t-shirt, and is registered for tons of door prizes that are given away after the race. Each runner of the 1K also receives a finisher medal.
Come and join us Friday September 13, 2013, at 6:00 for the Kids 1K Fun Run, and be prepared to do some cheering, do some laughing, and most of all keep your kids healthy and active.
See you on race day!
Dr. Lacie Mockros
Jill is the Membership and Events Coordinator for the St. Cloud Downtown Council. Jill lives in St. Cloud’s Historic Southside Neighborhood with her husband and two active daughters. She loves living close to Downtown and St. Cloud State University so she can walk to her favorite parks, restaurants and shops.
I know common sense says not to run or bike down the middle of the street, but for one afternoon you have permission to! Set yourself free of the confines of sidewalks on Saturday, June 29 and join the fun at the Downtown Walk About. We’re closing West St Germain Street and several side streets from 10th Ave to 5th Avenues and filling them with healthy and fun activities for folks of all ages. This is a foot and family friendly street festival held immediately following the Granite City Days Parade.
Foot- and Family-Friendly
Get ready to bike, walk, dance, trampoline and enjoy an afternoon of fun outdoors! This is a great way for folks who are not regularly active to experience their community in a new and refreshing way … on your feet and in the street. The closed streets in Downtown will be transformed into “urban playgrounds,” with music, bicycling, rollerblading, walking, Zumba, and other activities in the heart of our region. Park your car and set out on foot for this free event. No motorized vehicles allowed!
Saturday, June 29 is your day to try something new… or revisit a childhood favorite. In the street, you’ll be able to experience everything from chalk drawing, ballroom dancing, the National Guard’s rock climbing wall, a cross fit workout, hopscotch, trampoline jumps, inflatable bounce houses, boot camp trials, hockey shots and even a dunk tank.
The St. Cloud Downtown Council and Alliance Foundation is hosting this great event with the support of businesses from throughout the region. Our goal is to welcome Granite City Days parade goers to downtown St. Cloud. Besides healthy activities, you’ll be able to stop in to any of the more than 40 chic downtown shops and unique restaurants. Some eateries and stores are even taking their food and gear to the streets! Keep an eye open for fun discoveries throughout the downtown community.
What’s Happening Downtown
The Downtown Walk About is happening at the center of an action packed weekend filled with great Granite City Days events.
Here’s a rundown of what’s happening on June 29 Downtown:
- 8 a.m. - Granite City Days 5K Run
- 10 a.m. – Granite City Days Parade
- 1 p.m. - Downtown Walk About
- 1 p.m. - Downtown History Hunt
- 6 p.m. - Stearns History Museum Pub Crawl
For more information about all of the Granite City Days fun, go to http://www.granitecitydays.com
See you at the Downtown Walk About!
The St. Cloud Downtown Council is a membership organization striving to build a dynamic urban center valued at the heart of the region. The DTC is committed to effectively serving its members, and dedicated to the development and promotion of a strong, economically healthy and exciting Downtown.
This is a guest post by Deb Thell.
Deb is a fitness enthusiast who is passionate about health and wellness among our youth. Her interests span running, cycling, kickboxing, weight lifting, and general outdoor goofing off with her children. Her kindergartener and second grader have competed in dozens of races, cycling events, and triathalons.
I’m very proud and excited to be heading up the first-ever STRIDE Academy 5K and Kids’ Fun Run fundraiser; and hope BLEND Blog followers will consider registering themselves (or a team of friends!) for the 5K. And, if you have kids sign them up for the 1K Fun Run, too.
Why a 5k?
A 5K event is a great race length. For beginners, it’s a manageable distance and provides a sense of accomplishment and pride when crossing the finish line. For more experienced runners, it’s an opportunity to amp up their pace and try to set personal per-mile records. For the community, it’s an opportunity for friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers to do something together, providing natural training partners and shared goals.
What’s with the Kids’ Fun Run?
The fun run is a 1K, giving young people a chance to get the race bug and encourage an ongoing healthy, active lifestyle. Kids love crossing a finish line and showing off their finisher medals to parents. Every 1K finisher receives a medal and a shirt…and lots of cheers from the STRIDE team on the sidelines.
I love kid-specific athletic events – it gives the kids a chance to feel what it’s like to achieve a fitness goal on a scale that is manageable for younger ages.
Why this race?
The STRIDE 5K and 1K Kids’ Fun Run is an important event for me because it represents much of what I care about: supporting our education system, getting people of all ages active, celebrating others’ accomplishments, and community participation.
The Stride 5K and 1K Kids’ Fun Run will be held on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at Stride Academy (1025 – 18th Street N, St. Cloud, MN 56301). The start and finish line is at Stride Academy with the run winding through Whitney Park. View flyer!
- 7:30 a.m. - Registration opens
- 8:30 a.m. – 1K start
- 9:00 a.m. – 5K start
Cost and Registration
- $20 for 5K race
- $10 for 1K Fun Run
- Register by June 1st to guarantee a drawstring backpack (5K & 1K) and medal (1K).
- Register online today!
See you at the finish line!
In his former life, Robert was an overweight Brooklyn boy, nicknamed Butterball, a chocolate cheesecake lover, high school valedictorian, DuPont chemical engineer and born-again ultra-marathoner. After losing much of his family to heart disease, Robert resigned from his 11-year $100,000 DuPont engineering job to take his message about the importance of physical activity on the road — literally — walking the talk across America. Later, a Wall Street Journal headline read, “When Sweetgall Walks, People Listen.”
There have been many interviews conducted with 80- to 100-year-olds which reveal 14 common lifestyle habits. These are simple habits that everyone – the young and the young at heart – can do.
1. Physical Activity. People who remain physically active throughout their lives have stronger endurance, bones, muscles, circulatory and immune systems and sharper minds than their sedentary counterparts.
2. Nutrition. Long-living folks are frugal eaters. They eat to live — not live to eat. Studies on animals confirm slower aging effects when caloric intake is modest. Eating more of a plant-based diet with less fat and sweetened carbohydrates helps maintain modest caloric intake.
3. Sleep. Early to bed, early to rise with consistent sleep patterns is good for longevity. Staying up late impairs your immune system. It’s also associated with late-night eating and obesity.
4. Safety. You can be very fit, but if you’re a risk-taker, chances are greater than you may die fit and young. Every act in your life carries a risk — from not wearing a helmet or seatbelt to speeding on highways.
5. Family and Friends. This is all about your social-support network — the safety net you can count on to get you through tough times.
6. Coping with Loss. Those who can pay their respects at a funeral and get on with their lives, maintaining a strong will to live, turn out to be better survivors. Too many spouses die a year after their life-partner dies. Coincidence? Probably not.
7. Resiliency. The ability to adapt to changing times, views and situations is so much healthier than being rigid and non-compromising.
8. Coping with Stress. Stress affects all cells and biological systems in the body. Health seniors learn “not to sweat the small stuff — and it’s all small stuff.” So be happy and try not to worry so much — especially about things you can’t control.
9. Humor. Healthy people have a talent for finding the funny side of life and laughing at it. So lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously! Play like a child!
10. Humanitarianism. Longevity is aided by random acts of kindness. People who act kindly, doing good deeds, acting honestly and fairly with greater understanding seem to get rewarded with more time to keep doing good things.
11. Spirituality and Faith. Having faith in a higher power seems to correlate with longer, healthier lives. Related to this concept is having purpose in life, prayer, hope and doing good for the benefit of society.
12. Positive Attitude. Waking up each morning and looking forward to a new day is healthier than rising with an attitude of “Oh, how am I going to get through today?” To be more positive, turn off the TV and go out walking in nature. Be optimistic! Look for the “good” in people and situations.
13. Job Satisfaction and Happiness. In America, more people die on Monday mornings than any other time of the week. Was Monday-morning-death so prominent thousands of years ago? Realize it’s an advantage to love your work or at least look forward to it. In the 1927 book “Happiness,” Yale President Timothy Dwight states, “The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.” Think about that!
14. Lifelong Learning. Learning keeps life interesting. It also keeps your brain “in shape” — use it or lose it. When you stop using your brain, it shrivels up and dies; so does the rest of you.
Meet Robert Sweetgall
After walking and running seven times across America (which is four more than Tom Hanks’ character did in the Hollywood movie, Forrest Gump), Robert Sweetgall will be visiting St. Cloud to speak on the subjects he knows best – walking, physical activity and the motivation to move.
You have two chances to learn about wellness from Robert Sweetgall, who is the first person to have walked 11,208 miles through all 50 states in one year.
• Longevity, Aging and the Meaning of Life from 1-2:30 p.m. May 16 in the Olson Room at Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud. Learn how you can add years to your life and life to your years.
• Motivation to Move: Great Ways to Reduce 5 Weight & Stress from 6:30-8 p.m. May 16 in Clemens Hall at Whitney Center, St. Cloud. Learn how you can increase your health and decrease your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Door prizes and refreshments provided. Free and open to all ages. Learm more here!
Comment below (or click on “comment” at the top of this blog) if you are planning to attend any of the events. Let us know which one…we’d love to hear from you!!
Hi, I’m Gretchen O’Brien. I have worked for Apollo Insurance Agency (Apollo) for 2 ½ years, as their accountant. I commute from Cokato; where my husband and I raise our four children, ages 10 to 4. Nutrition and exercise are very important to me because I need to be a good role model for my children. I also made a promise to myself when I became a mother that I was going to be an active, hands-on mother. This mom was not going to sit along the pool and watch her kids swim because she was too embarrassed to get into a swim suit or not play basketball because I was too out of breath. I was going to race them down the driveway, teach my girls how to play softball, take them on bike rides and wrestle with my son until he gets too strong for me!
Here at Apollo, we just kicked off our 2nd Annual Walking Challenge for our employees. Last year we had incredible participation and this year it is even better! Apollo purchased pedometers for all employees interested in participating in the program. Participants can then log their steps weekly.
Last year we challenged employees to take a “virtual” walk around Northern Minnesota in 3 months; approximately 460 miles. Nearly half of our employees – 48% of the participants – completed this challenge. But along the way, we didn’t stress that completing was necessary – we gave awards at various stops to keep our employees motivated and excited!
This year we have created teams of 7 and are challenging our employees to take another “virtual” walk - but this time its coastal. We’re asking participant to walk westward from Boston, MA to Portland, OR in 3 months – a total of 3,131 miles or 6,262,000 steps. The team aspect should be quite an interesting little spin on the activity.
I have to tell you we have a VERY competitive group here at Apollo. So when we give these challenges to our employees – they run with them! It’s so much fun! And the drive is contagious throughout our entire offices! We feel here at Apollo that this increases our morale and builds relationships among our employees. And, of course, our employees are focusing on being healthy and more active, which in turns they feel better about themselves. Doing this activity also gives employees encouragement and support to lead a healthier life – which truly is a win-win situation for all of us.
As an employee at Apollo, I am thankful to work for a company that values me - not only as an employee – but values my health and happiness. This program makes me accountable to “something” else. With the support at work, I am able to push myself a little more to help me reach my goals of continuing a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Workplace – Healthy Home
This program has enriched more than my work life – it’s making a difference in my home life. For example, last summer I was wearing my pedometer, it was a Sunday afternoon and we had just gotten home from a family gathering. I looked down at my pedometer and I was nowhere near my steps for the day. So, instead of going to the couch, I decided I better go for a quick run. Well, then my husband decided he better too – the darn guilt! Soon we were loading up the bikes for the kids and taking off to the nearest trail for a little family exercise.
Not only were we exercising, we were spending better quality time together as a family then we would have been watching TV. For that - I have to thank Apollo and that pesty little pedometer!
Apollo in the Community
With Apollo’s walking program we charge employees $10 to participate. This $10 is then donated to the United Way as part of our Yearly campaign. Apollo is a huge believer in giving back to the community. In addition to United Way, Apollo contributes time and funds to Country Manor, Quiet Oaks Hospice Home, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army, BLEND and many more.
Next up, Apollo will be volunteering at the BLEND Kid’s Health and Fitness Expo at St Cloud State University for the Earth Day Run Events. We will be assisting with the exclusive BLEND Photo Booth. Please be sure to bring your kids and stop by and see us!
Apollo Insurance Agency