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!

100 Mile Challenge 2016

The 100 Mile Challenge is OVER!  Be sure to log all your miles so that you can get your badges!  CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in the Amazing Mile races, the 10miler or the 4miler! You inspire us.



How is Lynchburg like the USA Women’s Gymnastics team?

letsmovecityAnswer: We both have 5 GOLD MEDALS!!! 

gymnastsgoldI 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.  



Prescription Drug Take-Back

got_drugs_bannerPrescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly frequent, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. So we encourage you to participate in our own Lynchburg Prescription Take-Back.  You can anonymously dispose of outdated and unused prescription drugs.  No questions or requests for identification will be made, and medication labels will not be read.  (Syringes/needs, sharps, and scalpels will not be accepted)

Saturday Oct. 22nd

905 Court Street

10am-2pm

For more information about National Drug take back program and additional dates, visit:

www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

 

Breastfeeding Welcome!

images_12_2After years of hard work, Centra Health Virginia Baptist Hospital announced their new designation as a Baby Friendly Hospital, meaning that Lynchburg has 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!

IMG_7124Live 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.  

We met our goal and have posted stickers at 100 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.

While we've reached our goal, we still have plenty of stickers.  If you are interested in a sticker for your business, contact us at livehealthylynchburgMD@gmail.com.  



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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