Mahaska Community 10 WEEK WELLNESS CHALLENGE

Nearly 20 Oskaloosa residents took off on the first of scheduled monthly walks sponsored by the Mahaska Wellness Coalition

Nearly 20 Oskaloosa residents took off on the first of scheduled monthly walks sponsored by the Mahaska Wellness Coalition last year. (file photo)

Mahaska County – Iowa The Mahaska Wellness Coalition (MWC) invites the community to live healthy together. As part of LIVE HEALTHY IOWA, we challenge the community to meet the goal of 1000 Mahaska community adults participating in the 10 Week Wellness Challenge. That is a very achievable goal as 664 adults participated last year in addition to 1,550 students. Those 664 adults lost 7,684 pounds and more importantly clocked 1,270,000 minutes of activity–and enjoyed doing so.

To participate simply build teams of 2-10 people. If you are a single participant, no worries, MWC will assist in team building or put you in touch with a team in need of participants.

Cost is only $20 per person with online registration which includes a free t-shirt and magazine subscription! Hy-Vee offers a discount of $5 by going to Hy-Vee.com or visiting their store for discount code. Also included are free magazine subscriptions, unlimited access to the Live Healthy Iowa website, weekly motivational emails, opportunity to win prizes, free registration for Winter Iowa Games and Summer Iowa Games Fitness Walk events, and a card for various discounts across the state including waived Mahaska YMCA Join Fees for new members who participate in Live Healthy Iowa.

Registration opens December 19. The challenge begins January 28. The MWC has a coordinator to track progress of Mahaska County teams. To ensure that we have access to the total number of participants in Mahaska County and total minutes of activity or pounds lost (aggregate level data only), please use the assigned group ID (LHIMAHASKA) when you register.

Community initiative: A traveling trophy will be awarded to the community with the highest percent of participation. We would like to see Mahaska have bragging rights to this trophy! Anyone can join, youth teams are also possible. We were 5th last year. Let’s bring that up!

Who is involved? “Oskaloosa School District, Mahaska Health Partnership, Clow Valve, Mahaska County YMCA and more have already made commitments. Student numbers will not be included in our 1000 adult participants’ goal; however, they will be counted for our community!” said Deb Bruxvoort of Oskaloosa Chamber.

Change your life! Go to www.livehealthyiowa.org or call 888.777.8881 to register. For more information contact Deann DeGroot at the Chamber 641-672-2591 – ddegroot@oacdg.org or Dawn Collins at the YMCA 641-673-8411 – dawn.collins@mahaskaymca.org for more information.

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