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. 


3rd annual 100 mile challenge!

banner_100mcWe're off and running (or walking!) with our third annual 100 mile challenge!  As of July 20, we have 1600 people are 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!

Let’s Get Together!

sweat2Train together, sweat together, share the ups and downs together! The benefits of working out with others include increased accountability, social support in achieving your goals, and even encouragement totry something new!  There are lots of opportunities to get moving en masse.  We have our first 100 Mile Challenge Community Walk  on Wednesday July 31st at 5:30 p.m.  Meet at Amazement Square for a lovely walk on the Blackwater Creek trail.  Join Walk Leader:  Deputy City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek and other Live Healthy Lynchburg enthusiasts for a walk along Blackwater Creek Trail to get some miles logged.   This is great for work teams so invite your co-workers and get walking!

Have you heard of the new group Kids on Trails? Blue Ridge Trail Runners have created this special program to get children outdoors and involved in healthy lifestyle choices by introducing them and their families to some of the amazing natural resources in our area. Check them out!

oAF-lets-work-outOn Saturday August 2nd, please consider joining us for a very special inaugural event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.  The Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee Strategic Plan reports infants who are not breastfed are at an increased risk of ear infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and developing asthma. Breastfeeding is shown to help prevent some cancers, diabetes, gastrointestinal infections and respiratory infections. Lactation Health Resources is a new nonprofit resource for mothers and babies regardless of ability to pay..  They have planned an inaugural Children’s Fun Run & 5K Family Walk at Peaks View Park. The Fun Runs (1/4, 1/2, and 1 mile) will begin at 8am; the 5K Family walk starts at 9am. Bring the whole family!

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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