October 18, 2011
OBU’s senior nursing students and SIPS Kafe joined forces Mondays in October for the SIPS 5K Run, Walk, Stagger or Crawl for Cardiovascular Awareness. The public is welcome to participate in the free community-wide event at 6 p.m. each Monday in October at SIPS Kafe, 114 E. Main St.
At the 5K, OBU senior nursing students offer participants free body mass index screenings and information about weight management. The event also includes discounted offers from SIPS. On Oct. 24, participants are encouraged to run, walk, stagger or crawl in costume. There will be a special Run/Walk in conjunction with Boo on Bell on Oct. 29 as well.
Matthew Bates, a 2000 OBU alum, formed the original idea for the event.
“The SIPS 5K came about as an answer to my senior community nursing team’s nursing diagnosis and intervention for the Shawnee community,” Bates said. “The purpose of the SIPS 5K is our nursing intervention for the Shawnee community. If OBU students and faculty benefit from it, great! The goal is to bring about a revolution in the culture and activities for the Shawnee community.”
Bates’ inspiration for the Run/Walk stemmed from a similar club in Colorado Springs, Colo. After maintaining membership for several years, he recognized the benefits of continual community fitness for the individuals and for the community. After sharing the idea with his classmates, Bates and the other senior nursing students surveyed the Shawnee area and local businesses. They determined the 5K would be best received in a local social place, and they felt SIPS would make a great sponsor, particularly since the business is owned by recent 2004 OBU alum Brad Carter.
According to Bates, Oklahoma leads the nation in cardiac related deaths. He strongly encourages the Shawnee community to participate, urging excitedly: “Get out! Move! Get healthy!”