The Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge is a county-wide initiative that focuses on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors. Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., in partnership with PNC Bank and CBS12 sponsors the annual challenge, which takes place throughout the month of March.
The Let’s Move initiative was originally introduced on a national level, by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010, with the goal of decreasing childhood obesity throughout the United States. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. If this problem persists, 1/3 of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives, or will face other obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and cancer. The first lady wanted to combat these risks by urging all children, and adults, to get moving and incorporate daily exercise and good nutrition in their lives.
Palm Healthcare Foundation responded to the alarming statistics, and began the county-wide Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge in 2012. The foundation invites residents to form teams, commit to exercising at least 30 minutes a day throughout the month of March, and log their minutes here on the Let’s Move website. Palm Beach County logged 100,000 minutes in the first year of the challenge, and the numbers have increased every year since. In 2017, Palm Beach County logged over 7 million minutes! Palm Healthcare Foundation’s goal is for residents who participate in the challenge to take charge of their health and continue incorporating physical activity in their daily lives beyond the month of March.
Regular physical activity can make a lasting change in health because it decreases the risk for obesity. But, it also provides other surprising benefits that you might not have heard about. Physical activity can:
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Increase your chances of living longer
- Improve sleep quality
- Improve digestion
- Maintain brain function in older adults
If you participate in sustained physical activity for only 30 minutes a day, you can improve your health dramatically. The Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge invites Palm Beach County residents to form teams and get moving together – let’s make this fun! Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes a day, log your minutes, and let’s see if we can double Palm Beach County’s total minutes in 2018!
LET'S MOVE T-SHIRT INFO:
We encourage all teams to wear Let's Move t-shirts as they get active throughout the month! The design on the front of the t-shirt can be customized to reflect individual teams, however, we ask that you leave the sponsor logos as they are on the back of the shirts.
View the T-shirt Design here.
Wizard Creations designed the shirts; find contact information here:
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact:
Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.