CHiP is participating in the Move2Health Challenge, a community-wide effort to address one of the community health goals identified in the Heath Department’s recent MAPP2Health study. According to the website:

A recent community health assessment led by the Thomas Jefferson Health District, called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP 2 Health) showed that between 2008 and 2010, approximately 28% of adults in the greater Charlottesville area were obese. To address this issue locally, many community leaders came together to plan the Move2Health campaign.

The slogan for the Move2Health challenge is Walk, Bike, Dance, Play-30 minutes every day. Research shows that 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days per week can have significant health benefits, including reducing the risks associated with obesity. The goal of the Move2Health challenge is getting our community more active by challenging us all to log a combined 1 million minutes of movement by December 31st.

Since CHiP’s mission is to help families create healthy homes, we figured we needed to literally walk the talk. So we have enrolled in the challenge as individuals and as an organization, and we might even be open to any other nonprofit in town who wants to challenge us in a Move2Health smack-down.

The challenge officially begins today. We’ll be getting started with an office clean up this afternoon,  and possibly a trail walk. Housekeeping is good exercise, and how about that for killing two birds with one stone?

So we’d like to extend the challenge to you. Go to the Move2Health website and register. Then go back and log your activity minutes each day and see how it all adds up. As that number grows, you may even notice your waistline shrink.

Getting healthy is just an extension of our mission. Healthy Kids, Healthy Families could become Healthy Staff, Healthy Organizations and Healthy Community. Won’t you join us?

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