Three senior women crowned champions of Moving Minutes Challenge | Events
From the Panhandle Health District:
Three senior women from Kootenai County logged 990 minutes each of physical activity weekly to win the team trophy in the Panhandle Health District’s (PHD) second annual Moving Minutes Challenge.
Sue Robinson, Peggy Smith and Delaine Wardell comprised the Senior Companions team, one of 21 teams entered in the month-long challenge to increase physical activity levels in northern Idaho. The individual winner was Kenneth Richey, Bonner County’s Community Services Officer. Richey averaged 2,318 minutes of physical activity each week for four weeks.
“I didn't really do anything different than I usually do but I have to admit that on the last week my competitive nature kicked in and I tried to increase my activities a little,” Richey said. “Exercise has always been my therapy.”
PHD launched the Moving Minutes Challenge in 2013 to encourage residents of northern Idaho to become active and help reduce the increasing obesity rate. This year, Kootenai Health and Heritage Health joined the effort as sponsors.
“Data from our Community Health Assessment clearly shows that obesity is a priority health issue in our region,” said Lora Whalen, PHD Director. “We are thrilled that so many chose to participate in Moving Minutes. Please don’t stop there. Consider taking part in the North Idaho Challenge, a community effort to promote health, wellness and healthy weight loss. Sign up at northidahochallenge.com.”
The Moving Minutes Challenge is free. Participants keep track of how many minutes they’re physically active each day and report the week’s total at the end of seven days. All activity counts, from walking the dog and gardening to playing baseball and running a marathon. This year, more than 350 people in four counties registered to participate.
Participants who achieved at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week—the federally-recommended minimum for adults—were part of a prize drawing. Kootenai Health donated 50 pedometers as prizes.
Other supporters of public health who donated prizes to the Moving Minutes Challenge were Vertical Earth, the Kroc Center, Lookout Pass Ski and Recreational Area, Silver Streak Zipline Tours, Peak Fitness and 360 Fitness.
The annual event to improve health and fitness in the five northern counties attracted good sized teams from the Lakeland School District, Bonner County, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Project Search, Kootenai Health and the Panhandle Health District.