Welcome to Live Healthy Lynchburg!!
Are you interested in being more healthy in 2013? We are here to help with ideas for how to eat, play, work, and learn healthy. Click on the tabs above for more information about all the wonderful local resources we have to assist you as you follow your resolutions to make healthy choices at home, school, work, church, and everywhere in our community. The essential building blocks for living healthy are a balanced diet and regular exercise. This website intends to help you and your family take advantage of the fresh foods and both indoor and outdoor places to exercise in our community. Click on the CHALLENGES button to find out about current and upcoming challenges! LIVE HEALTHY!
Happy Healthy Memorial Day!
Live Healthy Lynchburg encourages you to celebrate Memorial Day by taking a walk at the Old City Cemetary, climbing the 9th street steps and visiting the memorials there, or eating fresh strawberries and blueberries arranged in a patriotic fruit salad.
Keep your eyes peeled for healthy foods can you eat at the family picnic. Load up on fruits, watch portion sizes, and consider grilling kebabs. Go here or here for more healthy ideas. Serve watermelon as a healthy dessert choice for friends and family this weekend - and you could save a buck! (Also don't forget to use sunscreen, BUCKLE UP, & Don't Drink and Drive)
Want a special treat or two this weekend? Everything in moderation - but don't forget what treats cost you. For many people, calories are too abstract. The 20oz bottle of soda has 240 calories - but what does that mean? A study from 2011 showed that if we translate calories into terms people can understand, we can make healthier choices. To work off 240 calories, a 15-year-old weighing 110 pounds would have to jog for 50 minutes, ride a bicycle for 73 minutes, or walk briskly for two hours. Adults would have to work even harder, to compensate for their slower metabolism.
Finish out Bike Month with a bang! Meet at Bikes Unlimited at 8am Saturday or at the Downtown YMCA at 3pm Sunday.
Join some friends for a ride along the James River Heritage Trail every Tuesday in May from 11am– 1 pm at Riverfront Park Downtown Lynchburg. Need a Bike? Don’t Worry -Bikes Unlimited will provide the use of their rental bikes at no cost - first come first serve. Just say “Bike Month” between 11 am and 1 pm.
Lynchburg Area Bike Month continues with the Clean Commute Challenge. Our goal is to Inform, Empower, and Challenge citizens to: Use a bicycle as a healthy means to access community resources, Choose a clean, and healthy commute option - biking, walking, carpooling or public transit instead of driving to work or school, and Show support, desire, and need for increased bicycle and pedestrian facilities in our area.
Together we can build bicycling and pedestrian awareness and promote health in our region! Click HERE for more info
Strive for 5
Tell all your friends to Strive for Five!
The first 2013 Live Healthy Lynchburg challenge is underway- and it's not too late to join the over 580 people who have signed up! This 9-week program wants to motivate you to dedicate just 30 minutes of your day, 5 days a week, to being active! There are virtually no restrictions on eligible activity – if it gets you moving, raises your heartbeat and sparks your spirit, it counts! Organizations and individuals are welcome. Click the Fitness Challenges tab above to join. The first day of the rest of your life is today - but no one is perfect 7 days a week - so Strive for 5!Read More
Lack of exercise leads to life-threatening diseases including diabetes, heart disease, as well as breast and colon cancer. A new study from a medical journal announced last week that, worldwide, nearly 30% of adults and 80% of children aren't getting enough exercise. Researchers found, the problem is worse for girls and women, who tend to be less active than boys and men. The results are that 10% of all deaths are due to lack of exercise, this number is equal to the number of deaths due to smoking.
Need a life saver? Have you heard of Strive for Five? Active walking for 30 minutes five times a week can make a huge impact. If just 25% adults who don't exercise would start, we could prevent more than 1.3 million deaths per year worldwide. Just start by putting one foot in front of the other.
Obesity makes it much more likely that you will develop a number of health problems. Hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, depression, eating disorders, and diabetes can all be serious complications of obesity. The best treatment for all these issues is weight loss. If you have certain symptoms, you need to notify your doctor. Click on the top menu bar on "Medical Concerns" for more information.Read More
What's NewView More
Mon 27th: Memorial Day 10K Run & 2 Mile Walk. Riverfront Park, Downtown Lynchburg, VA. To benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 8am
Sat 1st: National Trails Day 5k Run. Start/Finish Main St. Farmville, VA. out & back course on High Bridge Trail State Park. Capped at 200 runners. 8am.
Sat 8th: Uncle Billy's Day 2-Miler. Alta Vista High School Track. .9am.
Sat 22nd: Pres Home 5K & Youth Run. Presbyterian Homes campus. 5K @ 8am; Youth Run begins directly after the 5K finish.