Are you up for the chal­lenge Matamata?

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Have Matamata res­i­dents got what it takes to be the fittest peo­ple of the three Mata­mataPi­ako towns?

The Ac­tive and Well team, as part of Sport Waikato, is invit­ing peo­ple and busi­nesses in the Matamata-Pi­ako to be­come in­volved in a 12-week chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge is part of the Green Pre­scrip­tion ser­vice, a Min­istry Of Health ini­tia­tive of­fer­ing healthy life­style sup­port and ad­vice. Each week par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive an email in­clud­ing links to in­for­ma­tion, tips, ar­ti­cles and chal­lenges.

Matamata-Pi­ako Sport Waikato District Co-or­di­na­tor Lou Beer says peo­ple get to pick and choose the chal­lenges from a list.

But she said she does en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to chal­lenge them­selves by do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent each time.

‘‘This week our mes­sages are not only about sit less, stand more but also about move more and add more steps. Try adding in­ci­den­tal steps all day, ev­ery day– so find­ing rea­sons to add an­other 20 or 30 or 50 steps dur­ing as many parts of the day as you can.’’

Beer sug­gested that each week try and set your­self or your team two achiev­able, re­al­is­tic goals or chal­lenges linked to the key mes­sages for the week; one for healthy eat­ing and one for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and keep a record.

‘‘If you are able to print the record­ing sheet, use that to record your goals and tick off each day of the week that you achieve your goals. Each week we give you an ex­am­ple of the sort of chal­lenges you can set your­self.’’

There is spe­cial em­pha­sis on set­ting new chal­lenges for the fol­low­ing week, while still main­tain­ing the chal­lenges from the pre­vi­ous one. To reg­is­ter, con­tact Lou Beer on email mat­api­ako@sport­waikato.org.nz or 07 880 9088.

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