Welcome to Live Healthy Lynchburg!! 

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!

Strive for Five 2014

SF5-logo-w-tag Spring has sprung! The Live Healthy Lynchburg second annual Strive for Five has been underway since April 7th!  Over 700 people are registered and many have logged activity for all 14 days.  There are over 90 organizations registered - check to see if your company is on the list.   Strive for Five is a challenge that hopes to motivate each participant to be active for 30 minutes/day, 5 days a week!  While our 100 mile challenge is limited to walking and running, Strive for Five encourages ALL kinds of activity! Basketball, tennis, yoga, or flying a kite! If it gets you moving and raises your heartrate, it counts!  Go HERE to register.  It's not too late to start logging activity.  Join a group or go solo. Thanks to the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce for their collaboration and hard work to get this challenge going!  As always, we will recognize your accomplishments at the end of the challenge June 15th.  We can't wait to see what you can achieve when you strive!

 



Someone’s in the Kitchen with… Michelle Obama!

MObama2 ferrellOver the past 4 years, Mrs. Obama has been hard at work promoting health for our youngest generation with Let's Move!  Have you seen her favorite recipes on the MyPlate board on Pinterest? She has influenced major child care centers to adopt healthy eating and activity guidelines.  She's visited schools and recently announced new rules to prohibit promotion of junk food and sugary drinks on campuses.  She has even recruited celebrities to help her spread the word! Click on the images to watch her videos with Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon.

Do you have a young chef at your house?  Research shows that getting a child involved in the meal - from picking a recipe (check out the kids' cookbook ChopChop), choosing the healthy ingredients at the store, to mixing and cooking in the kitchen - can increase his or her willingness to eat and enjoy the meal!  If your child is 8-12 years old and has a favorite healthy recipe to share, be sure to check out the 3rd annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge! She or he could win a chance to be invited to the White House for the Kids' State Dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama.  The Challenge will accept recipes until April 5th!

Our First Lady certainly inspired the Live Healthy team - we hope she inspires you.  And if you didn't see "Ew!" click below!

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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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