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Arcadians Step Up to the Plate for Health Methodist Hospital Co-sponsors Health Initiative

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Teams from Arcadia School District, Arcadia Methodist Hospital and the City of Arcadia competed in the The Amazing Race to New York – an event established to promote school health and wellness and have fun at the same time. The teams of 10 members each earned miles for physical activities with the goal being to earn enough as a team to walk equivalent of reaching New York.
AUSD had 18 teams, Methodist Hospital had 27 and the City of Arcadia had one team. In all, nearly 500 people participated in this 2-month long activity to improve their health and fitness and have a little fun.

Ijeoma Nwachuku, PhD, MPH, Director, Community Outreach, Methodist Hospital was the emcee for the special awards ceremony held Monday evening where participating team members celebrated their completion of the Step Up program.
One of the many teams involved and on hand for the ceremony Monday evening, was the GOYA (or “Get Off Your ….”) The group included seven dedicated women and one male from Methodist Hospital including Estella Trevino, Wendy Rivas, Olivia Davis, Pat Trevino, Terry Romero, Marta Jamroz, Robert Bray and Gloria Rico.

Estella Trevino, Wendy Rivas, Olivia Davis, Pat Trevino, Terry Romero, Marta Jamroz, Robert Bray and Gloria Rico are members of team GOYA, a.k.a “Get Off You’re A…” – Photo by Terry Miller

This awards ceremony recognized the winners of the first leg of the “race,” which stretches from Arcadia to New York (2,770 miles away). The organizations hope to see the program soon spread to other communities in L.A. County and beyond. The Methodist Hospital Step Up initiative promotes healthier lifestyles by providing information and education on physical activity, nutrition, safety and wellness.
The overall winners were “the Mighty Movers” team that included Kristin Hemsworth, Jeanette Trejo and Antionette Acevedo.

Photographs by Terry Miller

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