Event Puts Community on a Path to Better Health
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Event Puts Community on a Path to Better Health

Let's Play! LBK was designed by the Garrison Institute on Aging to keep Lubbock residents moving and staying healthy.

Written by Suzanna Cisneros

While cycling was a main component of the event, Let's Play! LBK also attracted yoga and Jazzercise enthusiasts.

While cycling was a main component of the event, Let’s Play! LBK also attracted yoga and Jazzercise enthusiasts.

Finding a path to better health was the focus of Let’s Play! LBK, as many community members participated in the Garrison Institute on Aging’s event.

The event was designed to be fun, inspire healthy living and motivate people to use and learn about bike paths available in Lubbock’s 75 parks.

Annette Boles, director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, said the focus on cycling was unique.

“People were trying out new exercises and riding bikes,” Boles said. “Even though the cycling component was new, there was a definite interest by many.”

According to the National Household Travel Survey released in 2010, biking and walking make up 11.9 percent of all trips made in America.

The event also attracted various groups that included yoga and Jazzercise enthusiasts.

Angie Behnke, from the Garrison Institute on Aging, said there was a lot of participation from attendees.

“This event is a part of the Healthy Lubbock Initiative,” Behnke said. “Our mission is to motivate people to become active through physical activity and nutrition. We hope events like Let’s Play! LBK will keep our community exercising and healthy.”

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Garrison Institute on Aging
Garrison Institute on Aging

In 1999, university leadership identified aging as a strategic priority. Today, the Garrison Institute on Aging honors Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison's commitment and leadership to advancing aging and Alzheimer's disease research, education and service for West Texans.

Throughout the year, the institute hosts the Health Aging Lecture Series, designed to educate the public on current health issues.