The Rev. Kwesi Gyimah, a member of the North Side Health Advisory Committee, has begun meeting with leaders of three other compass-point citizen panels in Columbus to further hone planning for an ambitious fitness-promotion event this fall.
"Let's Move, Columbus," is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at four different venues, each sponsored by one of the four advisory committees created under the auspices of Columbus Public Health.
A website where people can register for "Let's Move, Columbus," should be up and running by Tuesday, April 15, Gyimah said. Those who register early could receive free T-shirts, he added.
That web address is www.LetsMoveColumbus.org.
The website and fliers for the Sept. 21 fitness programs will eventually include sponsors. Those interested in becoming sponsors may call 614-655-5636.
Gyimah, pastor of the Columbus All Nations Seventh-Day Adventist Church, offered an update on the planning process for the multi-location event at last week's meeting of the North Side Health Advisory Committee.
During his report, Gyimah emphasized the importance of getting things done right for the inaugural "Let's Move, Columbus," so the family fitness effort can be sustained for years to come.
"The success of next year depends on how we do it in 2014," he said.
He added that his meetings with the chairmen or co-chairmen of the West, East and South Side health panels have been productive, and that the West Side location has already been selected.
Meanwhile, the planned site for the Northland gathering remains up in the air.
Initially, co-chairwoman Sandy LaFollette had announced Brookhaven High School's principal was more than willing to offer the building and grounds for the Sept. 21 gathering, but that was before Columbus Board of Education members approved a plan to close the school this summer.
Brookhaven remains the location of choice for North Side panel leaders, but Gyimah said a backup plan is being developed just in case.
"It's a little hard right now to get an answer because they don't know themselves," LaFollette said of school district officials.
"It's not like they're going to abandon the building when they close it," co-chairman Scott Dowling said.
"If that's the case, the grounds and the building and the restrooms in particular would be available to us," LaFollette said.
While each of the sites will have a variety of activities that day to encourage families to engage in physical fitness activities together, Gyimah said all the locations will host a 5K run and walk and free health screenings.
"We want to focus on the movement part of it ... since it's the first time," Gyimah said.