It's time to Get Going Gadsden

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By Alice Du Pont


It’s time to Get Going Gadsden. The campaign kickoff was held earlier this month but the real work begins this Sunday. The 60-day countywide challenge officially begins July 1 and ends Aug. 31, is intended to increase physical activity and motivate residents to take charge of their health and learn better living habits.

      There are incentives too. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge in the following categories:

  • Female with the largest percentage of weight loss.
  • Male with the largest percentage of weight loss.
  • Group with the largest percentage of weight loss.
  • Group with the largest percentage of exercise hours.

     This is how it works: each group will receive an initial weigh-in by the Cynthia Coaxum and Dee Jackson, the Prevention and Education staff, who will give each participant a personal journal booklet.

     “Participants will be encouraged to attend community health education classes during the challenge period. Final weigh-in will be held the first two weeks in September after which the awards and recognition ceremony will be take place,” Coaxum said.

     At the end of the challenge, Coaxum and Jackson said they hope to increase the physical activity of citizens and at the same time decrease excess weight as well as increase awareness about obesity and nutrition through health education and outreach.

     To learn more about the 60-day challenge or to participate, call Coaxum at 251-2389 or Jackson at 408-2112.

     This program is sponsored by the Gadsden County Health Department’s Population Based Services: Prevention and Education Program.