Technology, small businesses, cultural arts and education are some of the aspects that make up the Downtown Project’s vision of a revitalized, community-centered part of the valley. One central aspect is the healthy living sector, Shift Vegas, led by a team of individuals who seek to promote active lifestyles among residents.
Falling in line with their goals, these leaders have started the Sunday Reset Project, an event set for 7 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the former Downtown Senior Services Center building, 310 S. Ninth St. The event, which costs $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door, consists of a morning run or walk followed by yoga, meditation and a vegan meal.
Kelly Bennett, one of the event organizers, said the Sunday Reset Project helps foster the kind of unity among residents for which Shift Vegas members strive.
“It’s helping to build a community that is vibrant,” Bennett said. A lot of people want to live (healthier), but they probably don’t have the infrastructure to do so. I think we’re creating that.”
James Wong, another one of the event’s organizers and owner of personal training facility Studio 222, said the turnout at the Sunday Reset Project’s first two events surpassed expectations, with more than 60 people in attendance.
“At the first one, we were really excited because 27 people showed up for the event, and we only marketed it on Facebook,” Wong said. “What I really liked about the second event is that people brought their kids. In the third, we’re looking to double our numbers.”
Wong said the Sunday Reset Project is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels because of the types of activities it offers. The event is slated to begin with a 45-minute, one-mile hike or 5K run, with stretching to follow. Shift Vegas members Richard Belsky and Joyce Sportsman are scheduled to lead a group yoga session, and chef Donald Lemperle from Red Square at Mandalay Bay is set to cater the post-workout vegan meal.
Bennett said what makes the Sunday Reset Project unique from other healthy living events is the “fun aspect.”
“So many health and wellness events out there are not fun,” Bennett said. “This one really stands out. You see people during the group yoga laughing and having fun. It’s like child’s play. They’re just having fun, and they don’t have to feel self-conscious.”
The Sunday Reset Project is Shift Vegas’ signature monthly activity, which Bennett and Wong hope will act a catalyst for creating similar events in the near future. Wong hopes the Sunday Reset Project encourages people to make the event their own.
“I think it’s great that we aren’t looking to create some kind of product out of this,” Wong said. “We want it to stay organic. As the seasons change, the (activities) we do might change. We want people to make it something for them.”
In addition to providing a fun event, Bennett hopes to implement educational aspects with the Sunday Reset Project, such as posting daily wellness tips to the event’s Facebook page and creating classes on meditation and healthy eating habits. As the event grows larger, she hopes to stay with its model of simplicity.
“We want to just make conscious living fun, simple and convenient,” Bennett said. “For the first Sunday of the month, we took out all the guessing work for you. Wherever you are in a healthy lifestyle, we’re here to help you make that next step forward.”
To register for the Sunday Reset Project on Aug. 5, visit sundayreset
project.eventbrite.com. For more information on the event, visit facebook.com/theresetproject.
Contact Paradise/Downtown View reporter Lisa Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 383-4686.