Start the New Year "A Healthier Weigh"
The 2018 “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 2018.
Through increased activity and making wise food choices, participants in previous years have lost an average of 3-5 percent of their beginning weight during the 12 weeks, and up to 6 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.
Tara Fundus Logan County Extension agent
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-in the week of Jan. 2. All participants in the challenge will begin recording their daily activity and participating in online lessons the week of Jan. 7.
In this twelfth year for the challenge, emphasis will be on increasing personal fitness to improve and maintain health, mindful eating, and healthy lifestyles. Participants will be encouraged to add more physical activity into their lives through daily and weekly routines, as well as special recreation opportunities. There will be some bonus challenges related to physical activity and fitness, and participating in live presentations or group exercise sessions.
The challenge is conducted with teams of 4 adults. There will again be a separate category for individual participants in most counties. In the 2018 challenge, participants will track of their daily dedicated physical activity starting the week of January 7th. Teams and individuals will earn points for meeting or exceeding the recommended physical activity for healthy adults.
Total Step Count will be an optional category. Participants will weigh out the last week of March or first week of April, according to their start date.
Participants receive a password to access bi-weekly information on the Extension website about nutrition, health and fitness. The 2018 materials focus on making small changes towards nutrition, physical activity, and behavior modification; along with some added health and fitness challenges for individuals and teams.
Through increased activity and making wise food choices, participants in previous years have lost an average of 3 to 5 percent of their beginning weight and approximately 5 percent of their beginning waist circumference. Since the program promotes overall health and fitness and not just weight loss, weekly weigh-ins are not required. Participants will weigh out in late March or early April, after completing the 12 weeks of the program.
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 waist circumference inches lost. Cash prizes are awarded at the conclusion of the challenge in the categories of Physical Activity, Weight Change, Waist Change, and Overall Challenge.
Registration packets are available at the County Extension Offices, and are due the week of weigh-ins starting Jan. 2. 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 2018 “A Healthier Weight” challenge, contact:
Kit Carson and Yuma counties at 970-332- 4151 or email email@example.com
Phillips and Sedgwick Counties at 970-854- 3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington County Extension at 970-345- 2287 or email Gisele.email@example.com
Logan County Extension at 970-522- 3200 or email Tara.Fundus@colostate.edu
Morgan County Extension at 970-542- 3540 or email Jennifer.Cooney@colostate.edu.