MILK RUN 5k: EXPANDING PROGRAM VISIBILITY THROUGH UNCONVENTIONAL EXTENSION PROGRAMS
J. Anderson, V. Zabala, J. Rodriguez, M. Souers, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL
- Situation: In 2016 Orange County reported 62.2% of the adult population had overweight or obesity and 56.9% were inactive or insufficiently active. Middle school and high school youth who had overweight or obesity were significantly lower, however 84% did not meet physical activity recommendations (Department of Health, 2020). Obesity is a risk factor for preventable chronic diseases, and sedentary lifestyles can lead to overweight and obesity. This need gave agents an opportunity to intervene in the family circle to promote physical activity and help prevent the prevalence of obesity. Methods: To address the issues of overweight, obesity, and inactivity, Family and Consumer Sciences agents and 4-H collaborate yearly to host the Milk Run 5K. This event takes place on County office grounds. The Milk Run 5k promotes physical activity while marketing Extension Services. The yearly goal is to increase enrollment and participation, increase the number of physically active residents, raise funds, and increase awareness of Extension. County office grounds and neighboring land provide a one-of-a-kind outdoor trail running experience in an urban setting. This neighboring land was formerly dairy farm land, hence the name of Milk Run 5k. Results: For process data, the FCS/4-H team builds on yearly experiences to ensure marketing and sponsorship, race mapping, and procurement of T-shirts, medals, race day food and beverages are secured in a timely manner. Outcome data is collected from registrants, race completion rates, and funds raised from registration and sponsorships. Impact data is estimated based on intent to change, with individuals completing a post-survey to indicate if they planned to increase weekly physical activity after the Milk Run 5k, and if they would refer others to future Extension races. Conclusion: This program has proven to help increases physical activity which has the long-term potential to positively impact overall obesity rates.