The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and Douglas County Housing, Inc., in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation, hosted the ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run on July 28th, a community event promoting the six factors of the ZOMBIE health initiative. Approximately 100 participants were encouraged to dress like zombies and then donned zombie makeup to walk, bike and run a 1.5 mile route including the community of Edgewood and part of the Burroughs Creek Trail. Thank you to the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the first ever ZOMBIE walk/bike/run a success!
The ZOMBIE Health Initiative addresses six identified health targets -- Zoning, as in healthy spaces, Outside activity, Movement of and Body image, Ingredients for meals, and Exercise. This project aims to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in youth by increasing regular participation in physical activity and nutrition based eating. Participants learned about health and wellness activities, played water and other active games, had a watermelon feed and met local firemen while getting to tour a Lawrence fire truck!