The Great Plains Regional Medical Center presented a $10,000 check on March 3 to the Platte River Fitness Series, doubling the med center’s contribution over last year in an ongoing initiative to enhance health and wellness in the North Platte area.
The Fitness Series will expand in 2014 to 29 races including 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, half marathons, full marathons, triathlons and duathlons.
According to Platte River Fitness Series coordinator Trudy Merritt, the funds will go toward the development of a youth running series, enhanced partnership of health-related community education programs and continued growth of the current running series.
“From the formation of the Platte River Fitness Series, Great Plains has been a supporter, both through financial and volunteer contribution,” said Greg Nielsen, Great Plains Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, “This is a very natural partnership for both of our organizations because of our equal commitment to improving overall health.”
“We believe that a concentrated effort on getting people up and moving and making better food choices will lower the incidences of diabetes and obesity in our community and ultimately improve the quality of life for the people who live here,” Nielsen said.
As part of their expanded partnership, Great Plains Regional Medical Center and the Platte River Fitness Series now offer a GP Fit Community Series.
In February, they hosted a healthy cooking expo and a doc-walk-and-talk event featuring Great Plains Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Arshad Ali, who spoke to more than 100 participants about the “whys” behind heart disease risk factors.
The next two GP Fit Community Series events will be held as follows:
• July 17 - 5:30 p.m. Finding your fitness motivation
• Oct. 6 - 5:30 p.m. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.
“We’re excited that Great Plains has recognized our efforts in creating a more fit community and pleased to have them as an active partner in our mission,” Merritt said.
For more information about the GP Fit initiative or to register for a community health series event, contact Fiona Libsack, Great Plains vice president of marketing and communications, at 308.696.7498 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.