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Come to the track & field

DO you ever feel stressed out from your day-to-day job or worry about your high-blood pressure or diabetes?

On Wednesday, many members of the public headed to the Oleai track & field to participate in various activities to refresh their minds and address health problems.

“Recently, my mom passed away last week from high-blood pressure,” said a 40-year-old runner. “It was a wakeup call for me to come here and exercise.”

A collector from Revenue and Taxation, who wore her blue Nike leggings for a 15-lap jog, said:

“It is a stress reliever. And it is a way to stay healthy.”

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Chuukese Charter sprinters smile for the camera after their sprint practices.  Photo by David Butterfield

Children and teenagers from the Chuukese Association Committee practiced Olympic-style sprint races against each other to prepare for the Chuukese charter this week. Their coach Dorothy said fitness is also important for mental health. They come to the track & field five times a week, she added.

She also noted that the president of the Chuukese Association Committee encourages the children and teenagers to train at the track & field. “It is really good to come and exercise,: said one of the kids.

Japanese national Sato has been coming to the track & field for five years now to stay in shape.

“I have to do something about my health,” said Sato. “I need to come here to do so.”

People usually complain about not having the time to work-out due to their tight work schedule, but the runners at the track & field said it only takes an hour or 30 minutes to complete their exercise.

“I do not understand why people always complain about not having enough time,” said one of the runners. “It really does not make any sense because you are just putting 30 minutes of your time to exercise.”

30-year-old runner Emiryi, his wife and their son walked for an hour at the track & field. “Our health is going to become better,” said Emiryi.

CNMI rugby coach Willy Kaitabu and his men and women’s squad also train on the field. He advises other community members to stay “mentally and physically fit” by exercising regularly.