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What happened after Adair W.A.T.C.H Coalition challenge

How one family came closer together participating in a local fitness challenge, and found that walking was their favorite family activity. 'We learned how fun it is to turn the TV off or pause it and make time for family and healthy living,' Laura Marcum said. And this past weekend, at the Casey County Apple Festival, there was a family triumph, when the two girls won second place in their age groups. It was an empowering moment, following which 11 year old Elizabeth announced, "I feel like I can do anything" And for that, her mother is grateful: 'I wanted to thank the Adair County Health Department and the W.A.T.C.H. Coalition for all they do in our town. Thank you for educating us, challenging us, and taking care of us."
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By Laura Marcum

Two summers ago our family participated in a family fun and fitness challenge sponsored by the Adair County W.A.T.C.H Coalition and Adair County Health Department.

During that time the families who participated were given a calendar and challenged to exercise and/or play together as many days a week as they could and keep track of the amount of time spend on activities.


Goal was to try to exercise 5 days a week

The goal was to try to exercise together 5 days a week. Our family took the challenge seriously and found ourselves doing some form of exercise together every day.

It was so fun that we took a picture of every activity. Most of the activities included walking in various places close to home and in town.

Walking became favorite activity

We did other activities during that month such as playing baseball and playing at local parks, but walking seemed to be our favorite activity. At the end of the 30 days, our family won a prize package for doing the most activities and putting in the most time.

Now another summer has passed and walking is still our favorite family activity. We walk close to home and sometimes at the Jim Blair Community Center.

Learned how fun it is to turn the TV off or pause it and make time for family and healthy living

Even though our family is not participating in any kind of challenge right now. We learned how fun it is to turn the TV off or pause it and make time for family and healthy living.

The 5 K race at the Casey County Apple Festival

This past weekend was the Casey County Apple Festival. They were having a 5 K race.

At first my husband and I were going to enter with plans to walk and jog. Then we decided to enter the whole family with our daughters, Elizabeth (age 11) and Alayna (age 5).

Finish wouldn't matter. It would be fun.

We didn't care what place we came in, but thought it would be fun. The race begun and everyone was running. So we started jogging. Even though many continued to run, we began alternating between walking and jogging.

We had not practiced jogging together, but it was not bad at all.

We would walk a little and then make a goal to jog to a certain point (mailbox, tree, etc.).

Family linked hands crossing the finish line, to the cheers of fans

When we saw the finish line we linked hands and ran across together while people were cheering us on. Then as we were getting refreshments my daughter Elizabeth said, "I feel like I can do anything".

What a great comment and then to top it off, we learned that both girls tied in their age category for 2nd place. We had a lot of fun this past weekend and look forward to trying more 5K races in the future.

I wanted to thank the Adair County Health Department and the W.A.T.C.H. Coalition for all they do in our town. Thank you for educating us, challenging us, and taking care of us.

- Laura Marcum


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The Marcum Family at Casey County Apple Festival '14



2014-09-30 - Liberty, KY - Photo Marcum family photo . At Casey County Apple Festival 2014 - The Marcum Family after the 5K run: front Alayna, Elizabeth; back Laura, and Daniel Marcum. - Laura Marcum
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Marcum Sisters win medals at Casey Apple Festival 5-K



2014-09-30 - Casey County Veterans Park, Liberty, KY - Photo By Laura Marcum. It all started with accepting an Adair W.A.T.C.H Challenge - Elizabeth and Alayna with their 2nd place medals. Both Marcum girls won 2nd place in their age brackets in the Casey County Apple Festival 5 K last weekend. - Laura Marcum
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