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Let's Get Moving!

Walk. Bike. Dance. Play. 30 minutes every day.

That is the tag line of our local Move2Health campaign. We know there is a national obesity epidemic, but sometimes we need to hear statistics from closer to home:

  • Nearly 28% of adults in the Thomas Jefferson Health District (The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties) are obese.
  • According to the Community Action on Obesity, in 2011, 37% of fifth graders in Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools were overweight or obese.
  • In Louisa County, 30% of adults report no leisure time physical activity; the other localities are not that far behind.

Obesity can lead to many other health issues:

  • Move2Health-Logo-with-sloganDiabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea

Need more convincing? Watch the video The Obesity Epidemic, from the Centers for Disease Control.

The time has come to do something. Our community partners in the Move2Health campaign wisely decided to encourage small behavioral changes as a first step.

It is simple: move 30 minutes a day, five days a week. You don’t need to join a gym or start running 5K races. It can be as simple as working in your yard or going to the playground with your kids and not sitting on the bench, but moving around with them. If you are at work, plan a walking meeting rather than having a coffee sitting at a table. Take your dog for a long walk. Go dancing.

It gets better: we all like company. Challenge your co-workers, family members, church members, school clubs and so on to join you. Register yourself and identify your organization on the Move2Health website. There, you can log your personal minutes and see how you are doing. You can also see how your organization is doing as well as the minutes of the entire community. The goal is 30 million minutes for our community by December 31.

Come to Fridays After Five on Charlottesville’s downtown mall on September 6. University of Virginia Head Baseball Coach Brian O’Connor, chair of our local Move2Health campaign, will be there, as well as demonstrations of various ways to move by local organizations. You can register on the spot and start logging your minutes. (Don’t worry - your information is confidential – you will only be able to see an organization’s total minutes, not individual names.)

Learn more at Move2HealthCentralVA.org and register.

Walk. Bike. Dance. Play. 30 minutes every day. You can do it. We can do it.

Posted by: Kim Connolly

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