PLAN NOW FOR “TREK TO THE SUMMIT” – 2019 HEALTHIER WEIGH CHALLENGE
The 2019 “A Healthier Weigh” challenge is set to begin in seven northeast Colorado counties in early January. There will be a staggered start as each county has setup 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 in 2019.
The annual 12-week Health and Fitness Challenge will take on a mountain climbing theme for 2019. Each week will have a virtual mountain to climb with your team step count. Together we’ll climb to the top of some of the world’s highest mountains. Teams consist of 4 adults. Individuals may also participate. County challenge guidelines, entry packets and weigh-in dates will be available in early December. 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 3-5% of their beginning weight during the 12 weeks, and up to 6% 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 primary focus of the program is based on a team competition. This team format provides for more accountability and personal encouragement 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, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties, or via their websites.
Adult teams and individuals ready to begin the 12-week health and fitness challenge will begin with weigh-ins the first week 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 last week of March or first week of April, according to their start date.
Besides earning weekly points for activity, teams earn points for weight loss based on a percentage of the team’s original weight, and percent of inches lost around their waists. Cash prizes are awarded at the conclusion of the challenge in the categories of Physical Activity, Weight Loss, Waists Reduced, and Overall Challenge.
Registration packets are available at the County Extension Offices, and are due the week of weigh-ins starting January 2nd and continuing into the next week. Specific weigh-in times and locations are available at each County Extension Office. Team registration is $160 or $40 per team member. Registration packets are available at the County Extension Office, and are due by the weigh-in dates. To learn more about the 2019 Healthier Weigh – “Trek to the Summit” challenge, contact:
Kit Carson & Yuma Counties at 970-332-4151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillips & Sedgwick Counties at 970-854-3616 or email email@example.com
Washington County Extension at 970-345-2287 or email Gisele.firstname.lastname@example.org
Logan County Extension at 970-522-3200 or email Tara.Friend@colostate.edu
Morgan County Extension at 970-542-3540 or email email@example.com
Bent County Extension at 719-456-0764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org