Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - Updated: 2:07 AM
If you are like me, part of you deep down somewhere, is still wishing for one good snow. I love snow, but only once during the winter. However, now that the calendar has hit March, I am not wishing so hard for it to happen. One of the good things about a warm winter is that we can get out and be more physically active than we can when the winter is extremely cold.
Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Being physically active can help you:
â ¢ Increase your chances of living longer
â ¢ Feel better about yourself
â ¢ Decrease your chances of becoming depressed
â ¢ Sleep well at night
â ¢ Move around more easily
â ¢ Have stronger muscles and bones
â ¢ Stay at or get to a healthy weight
â ¢ Be with friends or meet new people
â ¢ Enjoy yourself and have fun
Many times we commit to walking and being physically active only to quit after a few days or weeks. If we have friends and family to be active with and accountable to, we are more likely to follow through. One way of doing this is to sign up for our second annual "Step It Up Trigg County!" step challenge that is sponsored each year by the Trigg County Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program and the Trigg County Health and Wellness Team. The challenge is improved from last year, and we are hoping for at least as much participation as we had last year.
This year's challenge will be for six weeks and begin on Monday, March 27 and end Friday, May 5. Log sheets will be collected at the Trigg County Amazing Family Challenge on May 6th, as well as at the Trigg County Extension Office through May 10. Registration begins on Monday, March 13, at the John L. Street Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be available on various days at the Trigg County Senior Center and Hancock's Neighborhood Market, as well as every day at the Trigg County Extension Office located on Hopkinsville Road behind Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. Everyone who registers will receive a pedometer to help them track their steps. Prizes will be each week of the challenge, as well as at the end of the challenge.
For 2017, we are challenging you to track two things that will help you develop a healthy lifestyle. The first of course is steps. We are asking everyone to make a goal of taking 10,000 steps each day. This is the recommendation provided by the American Heart Association. We are also asking participants to consume at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. This recommendation comes from the Produce for Better Health Foundation, which is a partner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The log sheet will have a place to log both sets of information.
In conjunction with the "Step It Up Trigg County!" challenge, we will be offering a series of nine classes at the Trigg County Extension Office titled, "Weight: The Reality Series."
These classes focus on healthy lifestyle choices that make it easier for us to manage our weight and be proactive when it comes to chronic disease. These classes will meet each Tuesday beginning March 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Trigg County Extension Office. There is a small charge of $5 per participant to cover the cost of supplies and materials.
To register for this series, call the Trigg County Extension Office at 270-522-3269.
I hope you will consider joining us for the "Step It Up Trigg County!" challenge. Let's make a difference in our community by becoming more physically active.
For more information about this or any other subject, contact Cecelia Hostilo at the Trigg County Extension Office by calling 270-522-3269. Information for this article was obtained from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-why and "Home is Where the Health is" by Rosie Allen, Carol Gnatik, and Janet Mulliins, UK Cooperative Extension Service. The recipe provided is from Fruits and Veggies: More Matters.
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