AMES, Iowa -- A six-week challenge to improve the health of Iowa families began Monday, Sept. 23 and will continue through Nov. 1.
The Healthy Families Challenge, created by Live Healthy Iowa, is designed for all Iowa families looking to improve their nutrition and physical activity habits. “The families participating in the challenge will receive weekly educational lessons, healthy recipes, and supplemental resources, and are encouraged to complete a simple weekly challenge,” said Lindsay MacNab, graduate research assistant with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
“Families may not have time to sit down and eat together or be active with each other on a regular basis,” said MacNab. The challenge focuses on family togetherness, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity participation.
The challenges can range from choosing a new fruit or vegetable at a local grocery store and using it in a meal, or signing up for a community event involving physical activity. Teams ranging from two to 10 family members may register. For $25, each team receives a Live Healthy Iowa resource kit and binder, a weekly e-mail including a lesson, challenge, recipe and motivational message, and unlimited access to healthy recipes, health information, workouts and more. Registration is available online.
“All teams that complete the challenge will receive a $5 gift card to Subway and an opportunity to be included in prize drawings,” said Nicole Bruce, the director of Live Healthy Iowa.
“Ultimately, my hope for this challenge is to see families learning and adopting healthy lifestyle habits while having fun during the challenge,” said MacNab. “I think the Healthy Families Challenge will allow families to bond and establish healthy eating and physical activity habits for the future.”