Health & Wellness

The Warrior Health & Wellness initiative launched in July 2013 to combat the health disparities faced by our Warriors. Embedded within each program area, Warrior Wellness promotes the physical, mental, and social well-being of our Warriors, staff, and community. It has become the 6th point in the Warrior Code of Conduct!!

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Workout Warriors

Program Information
2017 Program Dates
Session Registration Request
Annual Information Form

Walk to Run Club

2016 Club Dates

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Opportunity Knocks is an official charity partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Runners will be fundraising for Opportunity Knocks as they train to run 26.2 miles on October 8, 2017.

Join Team OK
Meet the 2017 Runners
Fundraising Pages

Community Partners

OK HEALTH WAIVERS

Physical Activity Waiver
Participant Examination Form
Medical Information Release
Food Policy

Contact

Jeni Pierce
Health & Wellness Director
jeni@opportunityknocksnow.org

Workout Warriors

FITNESS ACTIVITIES | APPLIED H&W LEARNING 

Workout Warriors is Opportunity Knocks’ program that provides health & wellness activities during the After Opps program breaks – program activities are a combination of fitness and applied learning wellness topics.

Bank of America

Chicago Marathon

JOIN OR SUPPORT OUR 2017 RUNNERS

Already have a 2017 guaranteed entry? You can still fundraise for Opportunity Knocks and be eligible for entry reimbursement with a $1,000 fundraising minimum and all the perks!

For running with Team Opportunity Knocks, you will receive a Warrior Wellness shirt, Walk to Run Club with the Warriors from May to September in 2017, a personal fundraising webpage with tips on how to fundraise, registration fee reimbursement for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with $1,000 fundraising minimum, and free entry into the Warrior Mile virtual fun run in summer 2017!

Walk to Run Club

WALK, RUN, OR ROLL WITH US!

Join the Opportunity Knocks family every Thursday to walk, run, or roll routes ranging from 1-2 miles. Meet at the River Forest Community Center (8020 Madison Street) at 6:00PM and head out at 6:10PM! Contact Jeni, Health & Wellness Director, with any questions or to request accommodations: (616) 283-8433 | jeni@opportunityknocksnow.org

Health & Wellness

AN ORGANIZATION-WIDE AGENDA

The Warrior Wellness initiative launched in July 2013 to combat the health disparities faced by our Warriors. Embedded within each program area, Warrior Wellness promotes the physical, mental, and social well-being of our Warriors, staff, and community. It has become the 6th point in the Warrior Code of Conduct!!

AFTER OPPS

Each day in After Opps programs, at least one activity is Warrior Wellness approved and noted on the registration brochure. These activities are either active in nature promoting both physical & mental health; or focus on the Warriors nutrition and food preparation.

Warrior Wellness overhauled the After Opps snacks with Wellness Wednesday in Summer Session #1, 2013. Pre-packaged processed snacks and juice were removed and replaced with healthy alternatives and water. Each program day slowly adapted these same healthy alternatives and now only healthy options and water are provided. As a Warrior driven organization, the Warrior Snack Captain meets with the Health & Wellness Director to research and plan the snack menu for each After Opps session.

Friday dinners prepared by the cooking group are also taking a healthy spin! We have also implemented an organization wide policy in which we are only allowing healthy treats to celebrate birthdays and holidays.

LIFE SHOP

Health & Wellness is a primary goal of the Life Shop day program. Warriors participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of fitness per program day either by working out in the newly remodeled RFCC fitness room, by bringing in community instructors, or participating in community-based workouts at local fitness centers.

The Warrior Wellness lessons and Health Matters curriculum have provided knowledge to the Warriors on healthy eating habits, drinking water, importance of exercise, dangers of junk food and more! The Health & Wellness video club created videos on Hand Washing, Exercising at Home, and Dental Hygiene!

STAFF

While we promote the health & wellness of the Warriors, we understand that it is best to lead by example. OK offers health and wellness activities to our staff to ensure they are also maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

A Monday night walk group launched the beginning of a series of staff wellness activities. Staff has competed in pedometer challenges, participated in swim nights at the Forest Park pool, biweekly spin classes at Greenline Wheels in the winter months, and biweekly boot camp classes in the summer.

Workout Facilities

FITNESS ROOM

In 2014 Opportunity Knocks remodeled the fitness room at the RFCC! Thanks to generous donations from Oak Park Community Mental Health Board, The Tennis & Fitness Centre of Oak Park, and Mike White we were able to update the cardio equipment, purchase new equipment, install new floors, and paint the walls!! Warriors in both Life Shop and After Opps programs have been able to workout in this newly renovated space!