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. 


9th annual 100 mile challenge!

It's time for the 9th annual 100 mile challenge! Despite all the chaos in the world, we are here to encourage you to participate once again in a friendly city wide competition.  After reading about how COVID-19 affects the body, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health! The challenge starts July 1st and will run through September 26th -the date of the annual Virginia 10 miler. The Virginia 4 Mile Run and Walk will be virtual this year which means our challenge is even better training! Registration is now open!

We have offered the 100 mile challenge for 9 years COMPLETELY FREE of charge - inspiring thousands of local runners and walkers to stay active.  To improve the site for our 10th year - we need a lot of help! If you love the 100 Mile Challenge and you want it to be even better next year - please consider making a small donation to our Challenge Update Fund. Give a lot or get everyone you know to give a little. We are grateful to serve the Lynchburg community!Give a lot or get everyone you know to give a little. We are grateful to serve the Lynchburg community!


You deserve a medal!

letsmovecity IMG_2131Let's Move Lynchburg!

I 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.  Join in our pride (and support us financially!) by purchasing a shirt! All shirts $5. Contact us at LiveHealthyLynchburg@gmail.com

We even have a letter from the founder of Let's Move, former first lady Michelle Obama!


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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