More than 600 people from nine organizations gathered at the fifth annual United Neighborhood Centers Walk for Wellness at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, 5460 N. 64th St.
Sarah O’Connor, director of nutrition at UNCOM, said “(The walk) seems to grow in excitement and enthusiasm each year.”
Participants from each UNCOM member agency wore a different color. Red, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, orange, purple, and teal t-shirts created a sea of color during the one-mile walk.
A local rapper greeted walkers with an original song when they finished the trek. They also received water and a healthy meal of an apple, chips, and a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread from Cousin Subs.
Wearing an orange shirt, Katie Teal, an exercise physiology major at Marquette University, was one of a handful of volunteers. “I wanted to volunteer in the community and promote health and wellness,” Teal explained.
UNCOM is the lead agency for the Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project, a four-year effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote changes that support healthy eating and active living.