Welcome to Live Healthy Lynchburg!! 

This website is just one piece of the Live Healthy Lynchburg movement. Click ABOUT US to learn more.  We are glad you are here to learn more about how to live healthy in our community!  Click on the tabs above for more information about all the wonderful local resources Lynchburg has for healthy choices at home, school, work, church, and everywhere in our community.   Click on the CHALLENGES button to find out about our fitness challenges to inspire your healthy lifestyle. 

LIVE HEALTHY!

Healthy Halloween!

pumpkinHalloween could be ghoulish and spooky, a chance to show off creativity through costumes and decorations, mixed with a good walk around the neighborhood. But instead it seems more and more to be focused on the CANDY.   Have you noticed that Halloween isn't just one day of fun anymore? The holiday is now extended into over a week of decorations, costume parties and SUGAR.  How do your kids act with that sugar? Is it good for their stomachs, teeth or waistlines?  Here are some ideas to help you and your family have a healthy Halloween!

ghostsIf it's a school party that you're planning - fill gloves with popcorn, peel clementines with celery bits for sweet pumpkins, make chocolate chip & banana ghosts.  Leaf shaped whole wheat crackers with cheddar cheese  carrots and cucumber pieces to dip in ranch dressing (in a pumpkin shape), and carved fruit will all give energy without a sugar crash afterwards!

playdohFor the front porch, consider handing out glow sticks, playdoh, or other healthy alternative treats on the 31st.  And if you do go trick or treating and end up with a bag of candy tempting you and your kids to overdo it - don't forget that the Switch Witch can help decrease the cavities and stomach aches.  She comes after the trick-or-treaters have fallen asleep and trades the bag of cavity-producing calories for a special toy.  It takes planning (especially because if parents eat the candy - the family is not any healthier!)  We suggest that you talk to your kids about your plan. Don't be like Marge Simpson: Don't greet your kids at the door dressed like a witch, gleefully snatching all their candy and replacing it with plain brown toothbrushes, unflavored dental floss, and fun-size mouthwashes.  This isn't about taking all the fun out of Halloween. On the contrary, it's about helping kids to understand that fun doesn't have to mean food." So go trick or treating - but keep the focus on the fun - not the corn syrup! Go here for more healthy Halloween ideas!



Don’t let Cancer Steal 2nd Base!

 catchOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  But why stop at just being aware? We're here to cheer you on as you prevent cancer by both eating healthy and getting exercise!  Research shows that eating plenty of fruits, orange and green vegetables can reduce the risk, while eating a high-fat diet increases the risk of developing breast cancer.  Just 30 minutes a day of exercise (3 hours a week) can also decrease the risk of breast cancer.  There may be some protection from breastfeeding, the longer the better.  

pink5Don't forget that exposure to first and second-hand smoke contributes to not only breast cancer, but all cancers.  So call the quit line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) or tell your loved one that you love them too much to let them continue smoking. Also, remember to do monthly self-exams.  Looking for more motivation?  Come strut your pink at the 7th Annual I am Woman 5k on Sat 25th.  Only women are invited to participate in this special event that begins at the Centra Pearson Cancer Center at 8am.  Save those tatas!



3rd annual 100 mile challenge completed!

banner_100mcThank you to everyone who participated in the 100 mile challenge!   This year, we set a new Live Healthy Lynchburg record with 2000 people log miles, and 220 organizations participating!   887 of you completed 100 miles and got your Centurion badge - excellent work!

Congratulations to Joshua Stewart, Alexis Thomas, Todd Thomas, Rhonda Sprouse, Brad Ferguson, Nelfa McReynolds, Louise Zingaro, Jacy Christiansen, Scott Zingaro, and Ivetta Campbell!

Liberty University racked up the most total miles for an organization - 32128! The City of Lynchburg, Blue Ridge Trail Runners, J.Crew, and the YMCA were close competitors.  The Downtown YMCA Running Club logged the most miles per participant with 414 (the rules state the organization must have more than 3 or more participants), with Blue Ridge Trail Runners, and two-time previous winner Chick-fil-A Drive Thru hot on their heels.   We are so proud of your collective efforts and know that you inspired not only each other, but your neighbors and friends who are now planning to join us next year! 

Way to live healthy, Lynchburg!!

 

 



Wellness classes

cookIn a typical family with a busy schedule, young children, teenagers, and adults can all struggle to make healthy food choices.  Good news!  Lynchburg Dept of Parks and Recreation offers classes for the whole family to stay healthy! Most nutrition classes are FREE. Online registration is available HERE

 



Medical Concerns

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 here for more information.

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