Posted on May 30, 2017 21:01
The Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County has announced the launch of a month-long program in June.
A kick-off event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bicentennial Park, featuring an outdoor yoga class, a riverfront group walk, bike ride and run.
The Healthy Lifestyles Wellness Challenge focuses on better nutrition, physical activity, enhanced community involvement and utilizing mindfulness activities.
Healthy communities initiative coordinator Carri Dirksen said the four areas were chosen to include “all aspects of health” as they’re all interrelated. Mindfulness activities tap into mental health, and community engagement supports a healthier environment for all.
The program designed for all ages and fitness levels was developed by 40 members of the Healthy Lifestyles team. Participants are asked to complete 10 items from each of the four predetermined areas throughout the month. For physical fitness, possible activities include taking the stairs over the elevator or riding a bike instead of driving a car. In the nutrition categories, participants might choose fruit instead of a less healthy dessert or drink 64 ounces of water for at least five days. In the community category, shopping local or volunteering for a local nursing home are suggested. Finally, for mindful activities, challenges include turning off electronics one hour before bed or watching the sun rise or set one day.
“If they adopt even one or two of the things,” Dirksen said of challenge-takers, “that is going to be a healthier lifestyle.
“It’s all one step at a time.”
Participation forms and orange bracelets – a symbol of unity – may be picked up at German American Bank locations, MainSource Bank locations, the King’s Daughters’ Hospital front desk, Fit for the King Fitness Center, the Jefferson County Health Department, the Madison Visitor’s Center, the Jefferson County Clearinghouse and The Madison Courier.
Forms may also be downloaded and printed at www.madisoncourier.com/healthylifestyles.
Forms and bracelets also will be distributed at Wednesday night’s kick-off event.
Completed forms that are returned will be eligible for a drawing of 30 prizes donated by local businesses. Prizes include an Apple Watch, Fit Bit, an Indiana State Parks pass, festival tickets and massage gift cards.
The challenge is open to all interested persons, but only Jefferson County residents will be eligible for prize drawings.
Forms must be returned to any of the pick-up locations listed above by Friday, July 7. Forms can also be scanned an emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (812) 801-0291 or mailed to Healthy Lifestyles Challenge, P.O. Box 447, Madison, IN 47250.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HCjeffersoncounty.