Locals Lorenzo Garza and Mayra Lopez are on a mission to get the community fit. With the help of the Mission Boys & Girls Club, the two are coordinating a one day health and fitness extravaganza on April 30 to finish off National Health Awareness Week.
At Mission Fit, locals will be able to attend zumba, crossfit, mixed martial arts classes, along with a nutrition session. Children will be able to participate in the zumba, mixed martial arts and nutrition classes, but there will also be activities specifically for kids, such as bounce houses. Every person has the opportunity to attend each session at least once. Tickets for the day are $10 for adult and $5 for children.
“This is an opportunity for people who have never done zumba, crossfit or karate to just get that little taste,” Lopez said. “It’s just getting the community involved and trying something new. I think that’s a fear that many of the community members have, just trying something new for one reason or another.”
The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area ranked as the “fattest” metro area in the United States, with an obesity rate of 38.8 percent, according to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Complications associated with obesity include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and loss of mobility to perform daily tasks.
The Mission Fit coordinators hope that the event will spark more activity in the Mission community and inspire them to be more health conscious.
“We’re the most obese area in the nation, which is nothing to brag about,” Garza said.
“We’re number one, but we don’t want to be number one.”
Half of the proceeds will go to the RGV Thunder fastpitch softball team and the other half will go to the Boys & Girls Club. As a Mission native, Garza said he hasn’t seen change in the Boys & Girls Club facility since he was a child. He is hopeful that the event will bring in money to help renovate the building so they can provide more for the community.
About 300 tickets are in circulation for Mission Fit, but tickets will also be sold at the door. If the event goes well, the two would like to make it an annual affair that gets bigger and better each year.
“It’s just to advise the community. I know that they’ve heard it on TV, but there hasn’t been much of a forced effort to get them out and active,” Garza said. “What a better way to promote fitness awareness week for the kids and then have the adults with them as well.”