Health challenge can make a difference
It's a challenge that can have lasting results. And all for the better, say organizers of the seventh annual 5/30 Health andWellness Challenge, which got underway this week.
For a six-week period, fromMarch 1 toApril 11, Quebecers - individuals, familiesor teams - are being challenged to register with an online website offering guidanceandsupport.
The challenge formula is simple, says campaign spokeswoman Marie-Claude Savard.
Participants commit to reaching a series of goals during a six week period including: eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a minimum of five days a week; moving at least 30 minutes a minimum of five days a week; improving their wellness by selecting one of the following goals: helping themselves sleep better, having some time for themselves, or assigning priority to priorities.
Savard says while people may want to improve their overall fitness, many often don't know how.
"The Health Challenge is just that little nudge that will help us take concrete action to eat better, be more active and take better care of ourselves," she said.
According to the group, 73-percent of young Quebecers don't reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, and more than half don't eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. "Those habits are harmful and risk compromising their health and their wellbeing," stresses Dr. Martin Juneau, copresident of ACTI-MENU, the organization behind the 5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge, and member of the board of Fondation EPIC.
In addition to free on-line support, registered participants can get an IGA Kit and motivational emails. There are also prizes worthmore than $20,000.
To register for the free 5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge, go to: 530HealthAndWellnessChallenge.ca.