Tue, July 16

Gather teams for Yavapai County's 12-Week Wellness Program

Adequate physical activity levels can relieve depression, ease aching joints and provide heart health benefits. Have you been talking to coworkers, neighbors, family and friends about the need to get more active? Are you disappointed when you don't get outside for a 30-minute walk every morning? Would it be more fun and easier to stick with your walking program or gym schedule if you could do these activities with people you know?

Carla Hover, physical activity coordinator with Yavapai County Community Health Services, (YCCHS) invites people to form energizing teams of 10 or more adults for a 12-week program called "Arizona Take Charge Challenge." This annual community wellness program begins Monday, Sept. 17 and ends on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Physical inactivity leads to many chronic diseases or conditions, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most adults and nearly half of youth do not get enough moderate-intensity physical activity.

Health educators define moderate physical activity as an increase in breathing or heart rate such as what a healthy person may have when walking briskly, bicycling on level ground, swimming or dancing. The activity is moderate rather than vigorous intensity as long as the person can carry on a conversation comfortably without getting out of breath. Of course, certain job duties, leisure activities or household chores require moderate physical activity. Moderate amounts of exercise -- just 30 minutes of walking briskly five or more times a week-is important to do.

"This wellness program is a great opportunity to begin and maintain healthy levels of physical activity," says Hover. "Sometimes social support makes it easier to achieve personal physical activity or fitness goals. People are more reluctant to skip a walk if they have agreed to meet someone for that activity."

To participate, call first for program details. Then send at least one person to the kick off party, which is 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Yavapai County Community Health Services conference room in Cottonwood, 10 S. Sixth St. Light refreshments and door prizes are available at this kick off party. For more information on the Take Charge Challenge or other physical activity programs, call 649-5063.