The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 19, 2014

Fitness benefit raises money

OSKALOOSA — The heat and humidity Tuesday did not deter about 40 people from exercising together and donating to the families of three local men who have suffered debilitating injuries.

The group gathered at Community Stadium at 6:30 p.m. to exercise on the football field and learn about nutrition. They then gave a free-will donation to the families of Cole Nilson, Tyler Zickefoose and Brandt Riggenberg. Athletic trainers Abby Osborn and Bob Drost organized the event.

“We’re going to do a 30-minute workout and followup with a discussion about healthy habits, and open up for questions,” Drost said.

Osborn said she was going to lead the group in some simple body-weight movements to get people’s heart rates up.

The workout will “show people they can do exercise anywhere,” she said. People also had the option of walking laps around the stadium track, she added.

Drost said the event took about 10 days to plan, and some sponsors came on board to help. Subway and Mahaska Bottling donated water for people to hydrate themselves during the workout. Also, Oskaloosa Blue Zones staff members were there to handout information on healthy foods and habits.

“The breeze is nice, but it has been warm — stay hydrated,” Drost told the crowd.

The second component of the fitness fund-raiser event was learning about healthy habits. Drost’s wife, Cathy, who is a registered dietitian, gave a talk about healthy habits.

Cathy Drost said the theme of her presentation was to “build awareness of what you’re eating.”

She advises people to read food labels. People can learn about caloric intake and what ingredients to watch for such as sodium or carbohydrates. She also discussed “choose my plate” which teaches people to make half of the food on their plates be fruits and vegetables. People also should eat lean meats.

At the end of the event, donations were tallied and split between the three families. Drost said the event raised a total of $810.


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