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!

Happy Memorial Day!

julyIMG_4273Did you know that the American obesity epidemic has our military leaders worried about national security?  Mission Readiness is a group of retired Generals, Admirals, and other senior military leaders founded in 2008 who are concerned that the majority of America’s youth are unfit to serve in the armed forces.  Have you read “Too Fat to Fight?" In honor of our fallen soldiers today, let's all recommit to making this country as healthy as it can be! Take a walk with your family, serve healthy choices at your meals, maybe even challenge yourself to do something special.  The MURPH challenge is a fundraiser, but also a physical fitness challenge: 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, then another 1 mile run. The Strive for 5 Challenge is the Live Healthy Lynchburg annual event where you get active in ANY way for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Why not make today your first day?!  Click on the orange box on the top right corner of this page.  However you celebrate - have a fit day!



May weather is perfect for Strive for Five!

SF5-logo-w-tagIMG_2563.JPGAll is takes to change your life is 30 minutes!  Those 30 minutes can make the next 24 hours more healthy!!  Medical experts recommend 30 minutes of activity a day for five days a week to make a positive impact on your health! 

Our third annual Strive for 5 challenge has started with 1150 individuals already logging activity time!  130 organizations are logging time - is your group there?  Liberty, Centra, and JCrew are leading the list with the most hours - but remember that small organizations can still win bragging rights for most hours per employee!

We are hoping to inspire you to get 30 minutes of activity (any kind of activity -run, bike, swim or play ball!) for as many days as possible between April 1st and June 10th!  Anyone who lives in or works for an organization located in Region 2000 (Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg) is invited to register so that you can use our online tool, appropriately named the Challenge, to enter and track  daily activity.   Take the time to strive for 5.  You're worth it!



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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