More than 240 people in 15 workplaces in Boyd
and Greenup counties are walking their way to healthier lives during Working on Wellness. The fall wellness
challenge is sponsored by The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition
through its ACHIEVE initiative.
teams are walking – on the map at least – from Winston-Salem, N.C., to Lebanon,
Kan., a trip of about 1,200 miles.
workplaces include Ashland Community and Technical College; Ashland-Boyd County
Health Department; Boyd County Public Library; Campbell Elementary (Raceland
Schools); Federal Correctional Institution-Ashland; FIVCO ADD Office; McKell
Elementary (Greenup Schools); Necco, Inc.; Office of Vocational Rehabilitation;
Raceland-Worthington Schools Central Office; South Ashland Family Resource
Center; Worthington Elementary; Wurtland Elementary (Greenup); and Wurtland
Middle School (Greenup).
Participants will check in at specific towns, eat healthier,
learn about nutrition, strive to achieve or maintain a healthy weight and
improve overall health during their journey, all of which earn them points on
The 10-week challenge began Aug. 27 with free wellness
screenings – height, weight, body mass index, total cholesterol, blood pressure
and blood sugar. Participants will be screened again at the end of the journey,
which will help them measure their results.
The coalition also is encouraging employers to adopt
policies to support healthier workplaces. Changes that support physical activity,
good nutrition and tobacco-free workplaces earn the teams extra points.
The winning team will receive a gift basket of fitness
items; individual one-month memberships to the Ashland Area YMCA; and a cooking
class. The challenge’s sponsors – Kentucky Heart Foundation, Ashland Y, King’s
Daughters Medical Center and the Boyd County Cooperative Extension Service –
are providing the prizes.
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition is planning a second wellness
challenge in early 2013; for more information, call Laura Patrick at (606) 324-1544.
The coalition includes more than 75 people from 27 organizations who are committed
to helping Boyd and Greenup counties become healthier places to live.
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