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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2014

Healthy program begins

By Xiomara Levsen | Jan 31, 2014
Washington Community Schools participate in the Live Healthy Iowa program and participate in exercise to promote the program. Last October, students from Lincoln Elementary trekked around the school during the annual kick-off.

The Live Healthy Iowa program began Jan. 28 and this year marks the second year the Washington County Obesity Task Force is spearheading the campaign.
Erin Rugg, Washington County Obesity Task Force member, co-coordinator for Washington’s Live Healthy Iowa campaign hopes the program continues its success from last year.
“We were really happy with how last year went,” Rugg said. “We had one school who won first place for the Live Healthy Kids campaign and another school that came in fourth. This is our second year and we’re learning from our first year. We’re working on how to keep the momentum going.”
The program began Jan. 28, and is a 10-week wellness challenge, according to a press release from the Live Healthy Iowa group. People wanting to join the wellness challenge can do so through Feb. 28.
Currently, there are 39 adult teams signed up for the adult challenge.
“Two to 10 people for the adult groups [can be on a team],” Rugg said, “and it can be minutes of physical activity you decide to do or there’s also a weight loss division. I think the majority of people do the minutes of physical activity for their group.”
There isn’t a time limit for physical activity, Rugg said. The group can decide the amount of physical activity they’d like to do themselves.
For the Live Healthy Kids program two of the three school districts in Washington County are participating this year.
“Mid-Prairie, who won the kids cup challenge last year, and Washington are taking part,” Rugg said. “We would like to see one of them win the kids cup challenge again this year.”

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