Shawnee County’s Largest Workout returns to campus

Families gather for a giant group workout, under instruction by exercise leaders from the community. 

Olivia Marshall

The Shawnee County Health Agency is hosting a giant community workout at Yager Stadium for people of all ages and physical ability on September 2 at 6:00 p.m.

The event will begin with a health fair, sponsored by agencies and businesses in Topeka.

Gates open for the free community-wide event at 5:30 p.m. and the health fair begins at 6. The workout will kick off at 6:30 p.m. After the forty-five minute workout, which includes a dance exercise to the song, “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae),” the health fair will reopen for the remainder of the evening.

Misty Kruger, Public Information Officer, says the Shawnee County Health Department hopes to engage Washburn Students by holding the event on campus. Each year, the health department works with different departments on campus to put on the event.

“This year PE education students will be working with us and engaging young kids with games,” says Kruger.

The event will have games and activities for children, including all sorts of  toys and sports equipment. Games available include hula hoops and other agility-focused activities.

Kara Lee, a Senior in the Bachelor of Physical Education, has participated in the workout for the past two years.  Students from the PE program will assist in leading the workout exercise, as an example for participants to watch as they complete the moves. She encourages Washburn students to attend.

“It’s a lot of fun for all ages and gets you active for a small amount of time,” says Lee.

Nonperishable food items will be collected for Project Topeka at sign-up and free t-shirts will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis, while supplies last.