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. 


Gobble Gobble Good stuff!

IMG_5067For generations, we Americans have celebrated every holiday with a focus on food.  Whether it's your grandmother's recipe for sweet potatoes or your favorite pie, the holidays can cannonball your health goals.  Live Healthy Lynchburg is here to help you plan a Thanksgiving celebration without gaining unwanted pounds! With a little preparation, your holiday can still honor family traditions while it incorporates fresh ideas that will be good for the whole family.  

turkeys4Consider starting your day with some activity.  Lynchburg has its annual Turkey Trot downtown! It's a family friendly event and a great way to get your metabolic rate revving! Out of town? Google to find if there is a similar event where you are! Not up for that distance? Mark out a 2 mile walk in your neighborhood.  Buy plain t-shirts for the kids to decorate for your "trot."  Collect brightly colored leaves or pine cones while you walk.  You may need to plan a family activity around the weather. If there will be sunshine and decent temperatures, taking a walk in the cemetery can be a great way to remember family members no longer here.  Get on bikes and hit the trail.  Raining? Hit the roller skating rink or the bowling alley!

IMG_5146If possible, plan your meal for midday or midafternoon so that you have more time after the meal to burn calories. Use myplate when planning the menu to help balance your turkey (protein) with fruits and vegetables and grains.  Look for healthy versions of favorite dishes.  If you are having a family gathering, encourage everyone to bring a different kind of salad! Consider healthy snacks for kids that are turkeys, pumpkins or acorn-shaped!  Try and make dessert something small - cookies or small cupcakes are easier portions to control than cakes or pies.  

 After your family meal, take the kids to the playground or go for a walk in the neighborhood. Rake leaves into a pile for jumping.  Turn on some music for a dance off - use a broom stick to do the limbo!  Take time now to plan activities (card games, charades, crafts) that will be as much a focus as the food.  Thanksgiving can be a great time for the whole family to commit to healthy habits that can last through the next month of holiday gatherings!

Let us know if you have other ideas to share for a healthy Thanksgiving!


You did it!!

100MC_Join 10milerThe 4th annual LHL 100 Mile Challenge ended on September 26th.  Congratulations to all 1700 individuals and 214 organizations who participated!!  

Honors for the most miles goes to: JOSEPH MABE who logged 967 miles!  Honorable Mentions to: Richard Michael, Carla Lentz-Bales, David Nelson, Brenda Mason, Rhonda Sprouse, Virginia Derringer, Craig Dowdy, Lucy Hudson, and Alex Walker

Honors for the Organizations with the most miles total: Centra, Liberty University, City of Lynchburg, Moore & Giles, and J.Crew.  Centra, City of Lynchburg, Moore & Giles and J.Crew all had an average of more than 100 miles per employee!

Honors for the Organization with the most miles per member: Downtown YMCA Running Club averaged 420 miles per member!  Honorable mentions to: Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority, Chick-Fil-A Drive Thru,  Centra Health Bridges treatment Center, and Harris Corporation.

Congratulations to all.   You are the reason we are inspired to keep working to make Lynchburg the most healthy it can be, and a model for a healthy community.  You may have seen Live Healthy Lynchburg was invited to Washington DC to celebrate with Michelle Obama and other representatives from Let's Move Cities, Towns, and Counties.  We are nationally known!!  Lynchburg is a unique place - and we're so proud to be part of it.The 100 mile challenge will return next summer. Strive for 5 will return in the spring.  Keep moving!  


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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