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.
How is Lynchburg like the USA Women’s Gymnastics team?
I don't know if you know, but Lynchburg is kind of a big deal! Let's Move is the national campaign against childhood obesity. We became a Let's Move city in 2012. Let's Move Cities, Towns and Counties sets out evidence-based, measurable goals for localities to foster health in their citizens. For each goal, a community can achieve a bronze, silver, or gold medal. As of the summer of 2016, Lynchburg has racked up 5, count 'em 5! GOLD medals. This puts us in an elite group of ALL-STARS who have met this special challenge; there are only 78 communities in the entire US who have 5 GOLD MEDALS! We want to thank all our partners, but especially the Central Virginia Health District, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, and Centra Congregational Health.
In 2016, as the representative of the Let's Move Cities initiative, we were also invited to send two special citizens to the First Lady's last harvest of the White House garden with help from retired NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, and Sesame Street characters!!
In 2015, after years of hard work, Centra Health Virginia Baptist Hospital announced their new designation as a Baby Friendly Hospital, meaning that Lynchburg was only the 3rd hospital in the state to meet these gold standard guidelines that improve infant and maternal health! We currently have 90% of mothers leaving the hospital sucessfully breastfeeding.
We know that the more babies drink breastmilk, the fewer will have asthma, diabetes, SIDS, leukemia, and life-threatening illness in the newborn period! But the benefits are not limited to the babies. Formula-feeding mothers have higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, and postpartum depression. This is dollars in health care that we don't need to spend. Questions about breastfeeding - go HERE!
Live Healthy Lynchburg wants to help support breastfeeding families after they leave the hospital. If we see breastfeeding as a public health issue (like wearing seatbelts) instead of lifestyle choice (like wearing jewelry), it becomes the responsibility of our whole community, not just of parents, to provide the necessary support for every mother and baby to succeed. Various communities around the world have shown that something as simple as a sticker can help reassure parents, improve breastfeeding rates (and therefore overall health!). Our sticker was developed with the Central Virginia Health District to help our community.Over the past 2 years, we have posted stickers at 130 businesses in our community!
Thank you to all our volunteers - especially from The Motherhood Collective! Local businesses that display this sticker may even see an increase in customers! Participating businesses are listed at www.BFintheBurg.wordpress.com. Please tell them that you appreciate their support of this campaign.
If you are interested in a sticker for your business, contact us at livehealthylynchburgMD@gmail.com.
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.Read More
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JULY 2016Fri 1st: 100 mile challenge begins! Sat 2nd: Percival’s Island 5 Miler. Percival’s Island. 8am