Health and the City is a monthly column that examines relevant community health issues, spotlights the local organizations whose work impacts the wellness of our community, and highlights fun, useful, and important health, nutrition, and active living opportunities. Health and the City appears on the fourth Saturday of every month and is brought to you by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (HealthyLincoln.org) and LNKTV Health (lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: LNKTV). Send questions or health, wellness, or fitness event information or stories to jpearsonanderson@healthylincoln.org

Summer Wrap-ups

Yikes - Lincoln Bikes!

Lincoln cyclists put the pedal to the metal this year, closing in on another national title. The National Bike Challenge ends Sept. 30, with little doubt that Lincoln will retain its title.

With over 1.3 million miles logged in Lincoln, the second place challenger, Madison, Wisconsin has little chance of catching us with only about half that many miles reported. This will be the second consecutive win for Lincoln and the third win overall.

Feeding hungry kids

Food insecurity is a problem across the country and children are the hardest hit. Thanks to the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), hungry kids in Lincoln got nutritious meals over the summer. The LLCHD Summer Food Program provided 107,000 meals at 45 sites around the city.

Lincoln Diaper Drive

Thanks to generous people in Lincoln and a partnership among the Women, Infants, and Children Program (LLCHD/WIC), Healthy Families America, and Walmart, over 45,000 diapers were given out to infants and families in need this summer.

Streets came alive

Streets Alive!, the annual outdoor festival that celebrates healthy lifestyles, partnered with the Belmont neighborhood and over 120 exhibitors and performers to host about 4,000 people from all over Lincoln. This year’s festival kicked off a community development fund drive to add a covered space to the Belmont Park that will double as an outdoor classroom for Belmont Elementary and the community and recreation centers.

Fall Kicks Off

Fun is in the Run

Summertime might be running out but fall is on the run, literally.

The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) will sponsor the upcoming Pumpkin Run on Oct. 7. The 16th annual Pumpkin Run is a 1-mile youth cross-country fun run, the largest run of its kind in the nation. Set in Pioneers Park, the run will host thousands of Lincoln elementary school children. Registration has closed, but go out and watch this incredible race. The NSC hosted the very successful Cornhusker State Games in July, welcoming over 10,000 amateur athletes from all over Nebraska. More about NSC races and events at: nebraskasportscouncil.com. Other upcoming races include:

Oct. 29, 9 a.m.: The Prairie Run is at Pioneers Park Nature Center. Come and watch or register at: getmeregistered.com (search Prairie Run)

Nov. 4, 3 p.m.: The Capitol City Classic kicks off at the State Capitol. Cheer along the route or register at: lincolnrun.org/races/classic

Shape Up This Fall

The YMCA starts its fall fitness programs, including triathlon training, master swim classes, the Y Lose It program, and youth gymnastics. More: ymcalincoln.org.

The Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center moves to 555 S. Ninth St. in November. The center is currently at 233 S. 10th St. They are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing a variety of exercise and cardio equipment. Senior fitness, wellness and fall prevention classes are offered throughout the community as well as at the fitness center. See: lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/aging/

Healthy, tasty food

Community Crops Veggie Van will be at 23rd & O streets from 3 – 6 p.m. until Sept. 30, and the Old Cheney Farmers Market will be open on Sundays through October, both offering fresh local produce.

Urban Homestead series offers cooking classes on healthy ethnic foods from Community Crops, Open Harvest Co-op, and the Asian Community and Cultural Center. Brazilian cooking is featured Sept. 26. Register at communitycrops.org/events/

Food, culture and fun

From 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, the Asian Community and Cultural Center hosts its annual Harvest Moon Festival at Antelope Park. Activities include music, cultural performances, a health fair, and delicious Asian cuisine.

Health, fitness on TV

As always, you can find more information on health and wellness programs and events, as well as the people and organizations making a difference in Lincoln on LNKTV Health.

Check out the difference the Lincoln Salvation Army is making in the lives of youth here. Two new “Bright Spots” videos showcase their “Fit Club”.

To learn where you can view these programs on TV and online, or check the community wellness calendar, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LNKTV).

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