New features planned for 2014 10-week wellness challenge10 Week Wellness Challenge teams forming at rec center
Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids are taking registration now for 10-week wellness challenges that starts Jan. 27.
Organizers have made many additions, updated features and are giving participants the opportunity to train and participate in a Live Healthy Iowa 5K at the end of the challenge.
The adult 10 Week Wellness Challenge kicks off Jan. 27 and encourages Iowans to team up with two to 10 friends, family or co-workers, commit to making healthy lifestyle choices, support each other and track their progress on their personal dashboard.
New in 2014, challenge participants will have the ability to sync their favorite mobile apps and devices with their Live Healthy Iowa dashboard, create specialized, detailed fitness plans to meet their goals, experience updated tracking features in their “myProgress” tab and receive half price registration for one of 14 statewide Live Healthy Iowa 5K events being held April 12.
For $20 per team member, each participant will receive: an official 10 Week Wellness Challenge T-shirt; a one-year monthly magazine subscription to a magazine of choice including Fitness, Men’s Health, Every Day with Rachel Ray and eight others; discounts at area businesses; and chances to win a four-night tropical cruise for two, gift cards, bikes, fitness shoes, plus other prizes.
Challenge participants will have unlimited access to an abundance of wellness resources on Live Healthy Iowa’s website, such as healthy recipes, workouts and a personal tracking page where they can track their progress, message teammates, set goals and more.
To register, go to the website www.livehealthyiowa.org.
Registration for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids 10 Week Wellness Challenge is now open.
The challenge will encourage Iowa’s youth to consume healthier foods and beverages, as well as, increase physical activity minutes. Schools can encourage classrooms to create teams of five to 30 students. During the entire 10 weeks, youth will track their activity minutes and during two-week time periods, the youth will track fruit intake, vegetable intake, milk consumption, water consumption and screen time minutes.
The challenge is free for all youth and is designed in a competition format so schools can choose to compete against other schools in their neighborhoods or they can choose to offer competition among their own classrooms.
Live Healthy Iowa Kids will offer weekly motivational emails, an online team tracking page, opportunities to win incentives during and after the challenge and access to many online resources.
At the end of the challenge, five teams will be awarded with cash prizes for their school’s PE/health department. One team’s school will receive $1,000, and four teams’ schools each will receive $500.
Registration for Live Healthy Iowa Kids 10 Week Wellness Challenge is available at www.livehealthyiowakids.org.
Any community, business or organization that would like to participate in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a group identification number.
For more information, visit the website www.livehealthyamerica.org.
10 Week Wellness Challenge teams forming at rec center
Fairfield Park and Recreation Department is encouraging area residents to participate in Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge and is offering its own prizes and discounted membership fees.
“This simple and affordable challenge provides Iowans an opportunity to improve their health while engaging in a fun, friendly competition,” said Kristy Clark, a personal trainer at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
To join groups at Fairfield park and rec, call Clark at 472-6159.
Rules for the teams within the park and rec department are:
• Team captains will collect entry fees, register their team members on www.livehealthyiowa.com, and oversee their team’s activity during the challenge. Team members will be required to post their own information on the website www.livehealthyiowa.org, and the team captain will submit team totals for the prior week no later than noon Monday. Each week’s official activity will be from Monday through Sunday.
• Team totals will be displayed in the lobby of the recreation center each week, with the winner announced and prizes distributed by Clark or Fairfield Park and Recreation Department director Derik Wulfekuhle.
• The organizers at park and rec are asking that no housework be included as an activity when entering activity each week.
• Organizers also are asking for all members of a team to be Fairfield park and rec members. “We have awesome prizes to give out for the winning team. It is an added benefit given by FPR, and we want to add more value to our membership,” said Clark.
To support meeting fitness goals in 2014, park and rec is offering a discounted membership during the first full week of Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge. The challenge begins Jan. 27. Stop by the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center or visit www.fairfieldparksandrec.org for information.