2013-08-15 / Front Page

City wins fit challenge

Community members tie Nahma residents to take home $2,000

MANISTIQUE – Both Team Manistique and Team Nahma have taken first place in the 2013 U.P. Let’s Get Moving Community Challenge. The annual challenge encourages community members to be more physically active and focus on healthy living.

The Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health Project sponsored the Manistique, Munising, St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie communities, while the Sault Tribe Community Transformation Grant Project sponsored the Nahma, Newberry, Cedarville, Marquette, and Kinross communities.

From June 1 through July 26, community members earned wellness points for their community by logging physical activity (minutes, miles and/or pedometer steps), servings of fruits and vegetables, and servings of water. Participants also received wellness points for being tobacco-free for the day, and for shopping at local farmers’ markets. Participants received weekly email updates of team standings, community events and activities, and helpful wellness tips for the duration of the challenge.

Team Manistique averaged a total of 435.13 wellness points per participant and Team Nahma averaged a total of 364.32 wellness points per participant.

For 56 days, a total of 391 active participants from the nine communities logged an average (per participant) of 692 miles, 13,494 minutes of physical activity, 307,205 pedometer steps, 1,070 servings of fruits and vegetables, 1,486 servings of water, 226 tobacco-free days, and shopped an average of 15.23 times at a local farmers’ market.

Communities meeting the participant requirements for the challenge will receive $2,000 in funding which must be used to enhance physical activity or healthy eating opportunities within their community. The funding must be utilized for sustainable changes in the environment, such as the purchase of bicycles and helmets for a free bike rental program, a community garden, enhancements to a farmers’ market, fitness equipment for a walking path, bike route signs, and/or infrastructure improvements for biking and walking paths. For more information, visit www.UP4health.org.

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