PLAN NOW FOR 2023 HEALTHIER WEIGH CHALLENGE
The 2023 “A Healthier Weigh” challenge is set to begin in eastern Colorado counties in early January. There will be a staggered start as each county has set up their own registration and weigh-in date. However, the educational content of the program will be consistent for all counties. The AHW challenge encourages increasing activity, making wise food choices, and living a healthier lifestyle. The annual 12-week Health and Fitness Challenge will take on a theme of How Far Will You Go? This program is designed to help you focus on your health and provide strategies to improve it.
Teams consist of 4 adults, couples or individuals. County challenge guidelines, entry packets and weigh-in dates are available now. Contact your county CSU Extension Office for more information.
Through increased activity and making wise food choices, participants in previous years have lost an average of 2 to 6 percent of their beginning weight during the 12 weeks and lost up to 10 percent of their beginning waist circumference. Since the program promotes overall health and fitness and not just weight loss, weekly weigh-in is not required.
The program is open to adults, 18 years of age and older. The challenge is based on team competition because the team format provides for more accountability and support for participants. However, most counties are allowing for individuals to also participate in the program. The challenge program guidelines and entry forms are available through the CSU Extension offices in Logan, Morgan, Kit Carson, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Bent counties, or via their websites.
Adult teams, couples and individuals will begin the 12-week health and fitness challenge with weigh-ins the first and second weeks of January. Participants in the challenge will begin recording their daily activity using pedometers, phone apps or wearable fitness tracking devices. Participants will be encouraged to add more physical activity into their lives through daily and weekly routines, as well as special recreation opportunities. Participants will weigh out the first or second week of April, according to their start date.
Besides earning weekly points for activity, participants earn points for weight loss based on a percentage of original weight and percent of inches lost around their waists. Cash prizes are awarded at the conclusion of the challenge.
Registration packets are available at the County Extension Offices and are due at weigh-in starting January 3rd and continuing into the next week. Specific weigh-in times and locations are available at each County Extension Office. Registration is $40 per participant; $80 per couple and $160 per team of 4.
To learn more about the 2023 Healthier Weigh Health Challenge, contact:
Bent County Extension at 719-456-0764 or email email@example.com
Kit Carson County at 719-346-5571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Logan County at 970-522-3200 or email email@example.com
Morgan County at 970-542-3540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillips County at 970-854-3616 or email email@example.com
Yuma County at 970-332-4151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; and
Washington County at 970-345-2287 or email email@example.com.