“Get Healthy West Georgia,” the new three-year initiative to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties, is inviting members to join the Beach Motivated Individual (BMI) Fitness Challenge—the first of many future exercise and nutrition-related challenges.
Developed to help Get Healthy West Georgia members get into in beach-ready shape, the Beach Motivated Individual Fitness Challenge requires the completion of 15 hours of exercise—about four hours per week—during the month of May.
“By being a beach-motivated individual, you will learn about body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of weight in relation to height,” said Gina Brandenburg, community outreach coordinator for Tanner Health System. “This challenge will help you keep yourself motivated to get healthy, slim down, buff up and lose the towel you’ve been hiding behind—just in time to hit the beach or pool during your summer vacation.”
Challenge participants must log their exercise in the Get Healthy West Georgia Wellness Portal, which is available for free by clicking “Get Started” atwww.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org. Those who complete the Beach Motivated Individual Fitness Challenge will be entered into a drawing for one of three beach bags filled with goodies for use by the pool or on the beach.
In addition to logging their exercise inside the Get Healthy West Georgia Wellness Portal, members can keep a food diary, track weight loss, take online nutrition and stress management classes, connect with “buddies,” create their own challenges with friends or coworkers, keep a journal of their “get healthy” journey, share healthy recipes and more – all for free.
The personal and health-related information that participants supply in the portal will remain completely private and will only be used to track participant progress as a group, such as how many miles are logged and how many pounds are lost during the three-year initiative.
Led by Tanner Health System, Get Healthy West Georgia is funded by an initial grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia and support from additional sponsors. Through partnerships with schools, churches, civic clubs, local businesses, local farmers and other organizations, Get Healthy West Georgia connects community members with the online education, tools and support they need to live stronger, healthier lives.
To learn more and join the Get Healthy West Georgia initiative, visit www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org.