UI’s flagship program, the Work To Play Program, spends a lot of time talking good nutrition and healthy habits to our players. "Eat fruits and vegetables," we say, "limit your screen time and make sure to get at least one hour of physical activity a day." Developing these habits early is key to helping kids live a healthy and active life in the long term. We believe that it will work.
But sometimes it becomes clear that we adults could use some Work To Play in our lives, too. We run around, but in cars doing errands. We eat, but often in a hurry and often not as healthy as we would like. And for anyone in an office, we know that limiting screen time is next to impossible.
That’s why the UI staff, inspired by a recent retreat, started a once a week winter running program, Cool Runnings. Drawing inspiration from the hit 1990s film, today was our first crack at the icy Chicago streets.
We rambled through the Fulton Market packing district to Union Park and back, summitting the Desplaines Ave. hill from Lake St. to Hubbard to cap the (almost) three mile jog. After a healthy breakfast, we’re feeling like champions today.
We had favorable weather today, good company, and the Championship Attitude to keep us going. After a holiday break next week, Cool Runnings will be back in the New Year. Shoot us an email if you want to help us practice what we preach. "Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!"