One would think that living in a rural county in the land of milk and honey with the most fertile soil in the world should automatically translate into healthy lifestyles, right? After all, Tama County, Iowa has five farmers markets selling locally grown fresh fruits and veggies (most months of the year), award winning natural and organic meat producers, Mom and Pop dining establishments who pride themselves on food made from scratch without preservatives. Similarly we have an outdoor activities for every season, fresh and clean air and safe neighborhoods.
Alas, Iowa Public Health reports that in spite of being immersed in all these great healthy lifestyle resources, Tama County, Iowa is not one of the most healthy counties around. The reason Tama County Economic Development cares about wellness is because health lifestyles help us maximize our workforce’s ability to make productive contributions. Not only at work, but also at home and in the community.
Over the past few months local community and education leaders have formed the Tama County Wellness Coalition to increase wellness and to make it easier for individuals to make healthy choices and provide a support network for each other. One of the first undertakings of this group will be tackling the Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge. Last year 99 Tama County residents partook and about 1 out of 3 successfully completed the challenge. This year leaders at Tama County’s retirement communities, schools, and businesses have said they can beat that number. We would love for you and/or your business to be a part of this movement too.
READY FOR THE 100 DAY LIVE HEALTHY IOWA CHALLENGE?
Before the start date Jan 23. 2012, participants form teams of 2-10 adults to motivate and support each other in achieving their fitness and weight loss goals. Each team needs to choose one person to be its team captain who will have regular computer and internet access. Through the Live Healthy Iowa website, team captains register a team and team members report their progress. This site also provides personal tracking, goal setting and a message center to help keep team members connected. Cost is $20 (but click here for a $5 discount coupon from HyVee).
All Live Healthy Iowa participants will benefit from the following valued significantly over $20.
- Live Healthy Iowa training t-shirt
- The chance to win individual prizes and team incentives
- Weekly activity, nutrition and recipe tips via e-mail
- A personal online tracking page
- Unlimited access to healthy recipes, health tips and more!
- 100 Days of access to Training Peaks
- Upon registering with LHI and logging onto your personal dashboard, you will also be able to pick a free one-year subscription to one of the following lifestyle magazines: Fitness, Family Circle, Parents, Midwest Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Men’s Journal, Diabetic Living or Siempre Mujer.
Registration is now open!
Get your team together and then click and join: Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge
NOTE: You can also join the Tama County team captained by Tama County Public Health by contacting Linda Rosenberger (641) 484-4788 or email@example.com.