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North Omaha event encourages healthy lifestyle and overall well-being

REACH Community EventRise and shine! It’s time to get up and move in North Omaha.

On June 11, a one-mile walk/run will kick off “Let’s Move. Let’s REACH.” Sponsored by Creighton University’s Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) and its Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality, the day will feature fun activities to get Omahans moving. Partnering organizations include Omaha Housing Authority, Charles Drew Health Center Inc., Douglas County Health Department, Creighton School of Medicine, Nebraska Center for Healthy Families, and Collective for Youth.

Starting at 8 a.m., events include a walk/run, basketball, MixxedFit/Zumba, rock climbing, drill teams, dance, along with vendors and speakers. The 24th Street corridor from Cuming to Lake streets will be blocked off for the event, which is free and open to the public and families are encouraged to attend.

The event is part of Creighton University’s three-year grant, REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which works to promote healthy lifestyles for the African-American community in Omaha. Event facilitators include the YMCA, 100 Black Men of Omaha, the Bryant Center, Tim Clark of the Love Jazz and Arts Center. Former Creighton basketball player Josh Jones and former WNBA Utah Starzz player and current Nebraska Strikers head coach, Jessica Haynes, will host a community basketball tournament.

For more information, please visit or the REACH Facebook page at

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