Let’s Move Manning
by Laura Stone | February 8, 2019 6:00 pm
Last Updated: February 8, 2019 at 8:41 am
Let’s Move Manning is modeled after the Let’s Move public health campaign led by Michelle Obama. The national campaign was announced in February 2010 to encourage healthy lifestyles in children.
In 2014, at Manning Mayor Julia Nelson’s request, the Manning City Council approved funding to implement this initiative in Manning. The program began with a variety of activities including a walking group, Zumba, belly dancing, cooking sessions and fitness instructors.
“Realizing the health challenges in our area, I wanted to broaden Let’s Move Manning to include the entire family,” said Nelson.
When the community was faced with flooding challenges in 2015, Nelson focused on assisting families with relief from damages. However, Let’s Move Manning was revived, holding an event on January 5 at 180 Boxing & Fitness Gym.
“I’m glad she gave me the opportunity to hold it at 180 Boxing,” said 180 Boxing’s owner, Gabriel Blackwell.
About 30 people showed up for the event, and Blackwell is expecting a few more this Saturday, February 9, at the second 180 Boxing event. While the first event was informational, Blackwell states if they come this weekend, they will experience a hands-on exercise event.
“If they come through those doors, I hope they’re wearing exercise clothes, because there’s not going to be very much talking,” said Blackwell, who says participants can expect exercises and equipment geared toward a boxing environment.
“I’m so excited about the interest, commitment, skill set and enthusiasm of our partners with Let’s Move Manning. It’s easier to achieve success with partners who truly care about their community,” said Nelson.
Nelson states the events will rotate through various locations and will also vary in event type, as it did in 2014. Current community members who are eager to participate and share their skill sets and enjoyment of fitness include not only Blackwell, but also Kevin Levy, a personal trainer; Ernest and Terrance Miller of “Train So Hard University” (TSHU); Dr. Robert Evans, Margaret Walker, MSN, RN-BC, CED, CCM, FAACM, VHA-CM, and Karen Hilton Sanders of McLeod Health; and Stephanie Ard.
“I would also like to acknowledge Let’s Move Manning volunteers who are associated with the above-mentioned entities, Clarendon County School District Two Trustees for use of its facilities and Team Manning Members, Councilman Clayton Pack and Patrina Space,” said Nelson. “It’s not too late for anyone to join this effort as a volunteer or as a health/fitness instructor. Everyone is welcome to participate.”
Residents are encouraged to attend from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 at 180 Boxing and Fitness Gym, located at 31 N. Brooks Street.