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!

Back to a Healthier School!

2014schoolIt's time for a new grade and a new teacher for most kids, but this year there are new and better nutrition standards as well.  On July 1 of this year, USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards went into effect for all schools in America.  All foods sold throughout the school building in school stores, fundraisers, a la carte lines and in vending machines are now held to a higher, more nutritious standard.  We know that feeding kids healthy foods is very important to their education.  Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class.  Kids themselves approve of the new healthy choices!  But schools may need support to make the necessary changes.  Here's how you can help!

Live Healthy Lynchburg has resources for teachers, parents, and PTOs to keep your students on track this year. Check out the Learn Healthy page for ideas!

Got a question about whether a food is a smart snack? Check out this Smart Snack calculator!

Need some help brainstorming a healthy fundraiser? Check out these Smart Fundraisers!

This fall, Live Healthy Lynchburg will be visiting schools to see how well these policies are implemented.  Let us know if you want to help see if our schools measure up!  Click on CONTACT US on the top right hand corner.

 

 



3rd annual 100 mile challenge!

banner_100mcWe're off and running (or walking!) with our third annual 100 mile challenge! This year, we have over 1900 people logging miles, and 200 organizations are registered!

Way to live healthy, Lynchburg!!

Never done it before? No worries! Participants are challenged to run or walk 100 miles between July 1 and September 26 … that’s just slightly over 1 mile per day. Perhaps it is your first time measuring miles- we are here to support you in as many as you can.  Perhaps you have logged 100 miles before, and now you are training for the Virginia 4 Miler and 10 Miler races in late September.   We're here for you too!  This challenge is for both individuals and for businesses.  Does your organization have enough employees to set up a friendly competition?  The rules are simple.  Miles are run or walked outside of normal business activity and (besides a treadmill) without mechanical devices (elliptical, scooter, skateboard, roller blades).  Miles logged on a treadmill DO count.

So take the first step! Register and tell a friend and then take the next steps, 2,3,4 all the way up to 100 miles. You can do it!



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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