Barb Parnell: Get Movin’ Challenge

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LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado, has launched its statewide Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge. The Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge, which is aligned with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s goal to become the healthiest state in the nation and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, provides free online tools to encourage Coloradans to make a concerted and collective effort to being active during the month of August, with the goal to engage in physical activity for an average of 30 minutes a day for 30 days. Anyone can participate at any level, as all the minutes tracked will contribute to the state’s accumulated total.

Registration for the Challenge has begun at www.getmovinchallenge.org, where people will log their daily activity. Official activity tracking for the Challenge runs from Thursday to Aug. 30. After signing up, people can easily log their time spent doing any physical activity, as well as share their progress with friends on social media. The site will aggregate the total number of minutes that Coloradans are active during the month of August.

LiveWell Northwest CO is honored to align with the Governor’s goal to become the healthiest state in the nation and appreciative of the support of Kaiser Permanente. The Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge is a fun and exciting opportunity for our community to band together locally as we all strive to become an even more active and healthy communities. We urge every resident of Routt County to sign up for the Challenge and make physical activity a deliberate part of the day, no matter what activity you choose. The Get Movin’ Challenge is Colorado’s chance to prove that we are most active state in the nation, and I know Routt County is up for the task.

Participation is both fun and simple. Registrants can “get movin’” with almost any activity from biking to hiking or even more simply by taking walking breaks around the office or neighborhood, dancing around the house with the family and gardening — and much more.

Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge participants will receive frequent motivational support, tips and reminders throughout the Challenge and will be eligible for various prizes based on the number of days they participate during the monthlong period. People who log their activity for 15 to 29 days will receive a Colorado Get Movin’ hat, those who participate for all 30 days will receive a Colorado Get Movin’ Tech-Tee, and all participants will be eligible for weekly random-drawing prizes and grand prizes, including a Pedal the Plains entry, Vail Epic Pass, two-night stay at a downtown Denver hotel and a Fitbit Flex.

The Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge is an initiative to increase physical activity in Colorado. While Colorado is often touted as the leanest state in the nation, 58 percent of adults are overweight or obese, as are 25 percent of Colorado children. In Routt County, 51.2 percent of our adults and 19.4 percent of our students are overweight or obese. According to a Centers for Disease and Prevention study, only 52 percent of Colorado adults achieve the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity and 18 percent reported no physical activity the last month. In Routt County, 84 percent of our students and 65 percent of our adults get 40 minutes or more of physical activity every day.

For more information about the Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge or to register, visit www.getmovinchallenge.org. Stay up-to-date with weekly prize giveaways and challenge progress by “liking” LiveWell Colorado on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram (@livewellco) and use #COgetmovin to tag your challenge photos and progress.

Barb Parnell

Community Coordinator, LiveWell Northwest Colorado

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