The fall session of the free and fun RoCo Fit “Couch to 5k” Program begins August 6th. RoCo Fit volunteer mentors are ready to encourage participants to reach all types of goals, from finishing a 5k (3.1 miles) to reducing depression and stress. Whatever your goal – physical or emotional, walking or running, this group will help you accomplish it.

With the guidance of experienced mentors using a 12 week structured progressive schedule, participants will have fun and finish a Mock 5k race on October 24th. Participants will get education on proper walking and running form to help them prevent injury during their twice weekly workouts. In addition, participants will receive weekly informational emails and motivational posts on the program’s RoCo LoCoMotion Facebook page. New fun incentives will be given to those finishing the program.

RoCo Fit has offered this free program to the community since 2012 with over 2,200 unduplicated participants having registered and reaped the benefits. Many past participants have shared their experiences through written testimonial. Here are a few:

“I have been trying to become healthier the last couple years. I decided I was going start by quitting smoking 1-1/2 years ago. Being very determined, I was successful. The only downfall I have had…is I feel like I lose my breath easily. I have tried to find a way to get my breath back, but I was told by several people it would not happen. This was the first time I had heard of RoCo Fit. I thought what the heck I will go try it. This has been the most fun I have had in a long time. I enjoy talking to all the other members. The walks are so much fun. I have lost almost 10 pounds, and the best part of all is I have got my breath back! I can actually walk up the stairs or play with the kids without having to stop to catch my breath.”

“This is the first season I have done RoCo. I always saw the signs and the groups of people running, but never joined. I am so glad that I did, it was a way to stay healthy and to have a common interest with my mom and husband. I have ran farther than I ever thought I would and while I’m running I’m not just dying, I am able to train myself at a pace. Something I couldn’t do on my own in the past. I appreciate the volunteers who lead the groups because they do their intense training on their own time before meeting with us. This makes me appreciative to them because they see us as an importance. I have enjoyed and gained knowledge from RoCo this season and will be signing up again for the next one!”

“My wife had been after me ever since we moved to town to get more active. I knew it was something I needed to do, but kept putting it off. She did RoCo Fit last spring and kept after me to join, but I always put it off. Finally, this fall I agreed to join because I knew it was something I needed to do. Walking with a group makes everything easier and the leaders were great. They never stopped encouraging us. We never missed a walk if we were available and as a result I lost 7 pounds, cholesterol went down, blood pressure went down and I have more energy. I am 74 years old and believe me I needed all of these. I am most proud of the fact we lowered our time for a two mile walk to 28:40.”

These are only a few testimonies; many, many more are continually shared each session. RoCo Fit is a fun, healthy activity program with caring, supportive volunteer mentors willing to encourage and help participants achieve their goals. It is a program that is positively changing our environment.

The first walk OR walk/run workout is on Tuesday, August 6th, 5:45 p.m. at Claremore Lake Park, newest shelter past bathrooms and across lake from boat and fishing dock-look for sign by shelter. Workouts for all fitness levels continue every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Claremore Lake Park. RoCo Fit is open and free of charge to anyone 13 years old or older that live, work, play, and/or learn in Rogers County. To learn more about this health focused fun group and/or to register visit us online at www.rocofit.org. You may also register in person at the first few workouts. If you have questions please call or email Renetta Harrison, 918-341-3166, renettah@health.ok.gov.