Physical inactivity and overweight are growing in epidemic proportions! With the beginning of a New Year, many Iowans will set New Year's resolutions to change their eating and physical activity habits only to give up within a few weeks. Would you like to join in a movement to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you? Then Lighten Up Iowa or Go the Distance may be just the project for you.
Lighten Up Iowa and Go the Distance are five-month challenge programs, beginning January 19, 2005, that encourage Iowa adults and youth to change their lifestyles by developing healthy activity and eating habits. Adults and youth will form teams (two to ten people) and set goals for accumulating activity miles and/or weight loss (adult teams only). Adult participants will pay a $10 fee, which will include a training t-shirt, weekly tips and entrance into the 2005 Volkswalk at the Summer Iowa Games. Youth participants will pay no fee, but require an adult team leader to monitor and log their progress on the youth website. All team members will also be able to purchase pedometers at a moderate cost to help monitor their physical activity.
To join this statewide movement to improve your eating and physical activity habits all you have to do is visit the Web site www.lightenupiowa.org . The Web site has a team captain handbook full of details on how to form teams, challenge others in your community.