What better way to start off your spring than with a program of healthy eating and exercise that is not only good for your body, but provides the chance to earn prizes and get published as well.
Starting today, LiveWell Garfield County kicks off its “Get Movin’ Challenge,” which encourages everyone to do 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days. The annual event is part of the statewide LiveWell Colorado campaign, and this is the second year Garfield County has participated.
Individuals and municipalities can sign up for the challenge at www.getmovinchallenge.org, which then directs them to a site called www.mapmyfitness.com, where they can create an account to monitor their progress.
“We’re trying to get as many people as we can to sign up,” said Dana Wood, LiveWell Garfield County coordinator. “They select the town they are going to represent and log on every day in May with how many minutes they worked out.”
The municipality with the most participants and the highest levels of achievement in the challenge will earn the title of “most active community in Garfield County.”
As of April 30, the number of participants signed up by town were: Rifle, 13; Glenwood Springs, 10; Parachute, 9; Carbondale, 7; New Castle, 5; and Silt, 3.
At the end of the month, prizes will be awarded to the challenge participants who stick with it the longest. Those who complete 10-19 days get a LiveWell Colorado Smartphone cling wipe; 20-29 days a LiveWell Colorado water bottle; and all 30 days, a LiveWell Colorado hat.
Coupons to Chipotle Mexican Grill will also be awarded. Participants who complete at least five days of the challenge will be entered into a grand prize drawing to occur after the challenge is over that include:
• Two consecutive nights stay at The Curtis Hotel in Denver
• $100 Boulder Running Company gift certificate
• Chipotle Mexican Grill catering for 20
• 2 Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep wristbands
• 2 Adidas Brazuca FIFI 2014 World Cup Official Match soccer balls
LiveWell Garfield County was started in 2012, at which time a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) survey was conducted and showed that while most people watched what they ate, they felt they didn’t have a lot of knowledge regarding nutrition, the cost of healthy foods was expensive and that affordable foods were unhealthy.
When it came to physical activity, the biggest hurdle for most Garfield County residents was finding the time to exercise, followed by a low value placed on the importance of exercise and a lack of incentive to exercise.
“Given the community survey that was done, it shows there is a need for LiveWell in our communities and an increase to healthy food access,” Wood said. “We need to figure out what is the lack of motivation for exercise.”
Despite Colorado’s reputation as a physically fit state, Wood said the problem is still prevalent in both children and adults.
“Obesity is everywhere,” Wood said. “Our purpose is making the community a healthier place to live, work and raise a family.”
In conjunction with the challenge, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent is also holding a LiveWell Garfield County Get Movin’ Challenge Photo Contest.
Beginning today through May 31, readers can submit a photograph that best depicts you and your family, friends and neighbors in action. The best pictures will be published in the paper, and winners can earn prizes.
Participants must be 13 or older to enter. Enter up to 10 submissions per person. Voters are allowed one vote per day. Voting will run from May 1 through June 15. Submit photos and vote at www.postindependent.com or at facebook.com/glenwoodsprings.
Prizes for the photo contest are: First Place — 20 punch pass to the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center (valued at $175); Second Place — 10 punch pass and swag to the city of Glenwood Springs, Parks and Recreation Community Center (valued at $125); and Third Place — one free yoga session at MistYoga in Rifle (valued at $25).
For more questions about LiveWell Garfield County or the Get Movin’ Challenge, call Wood at (970) 625-5200, ext. 8121, or (970) 389-9510, or visit www.garfield-county.com.