I’ve asked Corey Surber, Director of Community Health Initiatives for Saint Alphonsus, to share her insights from Meet Me Monday as the program celebrates its one-year anniversary.
On June 10, a huge crowd gathered in downtown Boise to celebrate the first anniversary of Meet Me Monday – a community health partnership between Saint Alphonsus and Bandanna Running & Walking. Through temperatures ranging from 8 degrees to 108 degrees, and regardless of rain, sleet or snow, Meet Me Monday participants have gathered every week for 52 weeks straight to get out for a free walk, run or stroll in beautiful downtown Boise, making new friends along the way.
Fun new features were added throughout the year, including an occasional “Doc Walk,” where participants could walk and talk with local physicians; a community table highlighting local nonprofits and company nights for local businesses — like The Idaho Statesman and Micron — who want to make a push for a healthier community starting with their own work teams. We were also happy to announce at the anniversary that a new MMM walk/run group is starting in Kuna, spreading the Meet Me Monday movement across the Treasure Valley, to improve health in the communities we serve.
Before the one-year anniversary arrived, we were happy to award our first 50-timer incentive awards to the Orth family, a local couple and their 3-year-old twin boys, who have attended every week. Even though the boys are young, they know that when we all shout together, “What do we do every Monday night?” — they yell, “GET OUT!”