Resolution Kick-Off Starts Monday

30 Dec

According to the below article, which appeared in Thursday’s edition of The Oxford Eagle, a fitness/wellness program for the Lafayette-Oxford-University area will start on Monday, January 3rd to help all who are interested start the year off right. Read on to find out more, and check out the Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. Facebook page for more.

Registration starts next week for free community health initiative

BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG

Staff Writer, The Oxford Eagle

People often say how much easier it would be to lose weight and get healthy if they could afford a personal trainer, fitness coach and nutritionist.

Thanks to the a new community health initiative – Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U. – expert advice and support is free for those who wish to make 2011 the year they start living a healthier lifestyle.

The five-month program begins with a registration session Monday through Wednesday at the Baptist HealthPlex. Participants may stop by the HealthPlex any time between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. during these three days to record their weight, height, body mass index and blood pressure to establish their starting point.

However, if someone fails to make the registration period, it’s not too late to jump in and join the fun at a later date. “One thing to remember is that if you don’t register for the program and begin in January, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate,” said Carol Upton, project organizer and marketing director for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, which is the major sponsor of the program.

Lots of events

“We have events going on through May.”

Those who do register will receive a daily wellness planner, water bottle, pedometer and Tshirt.

Baptist partnered with the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce to develop “Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U.” and make it available and free to all area residents who wish to get in better shape. While weight loss often is a key factor in becoming more healthy, Upton said the program is not a weight loss competition. It also does not require participants to join Baptist HealthPlex or purchase any nutritional supplements or diet gimmicks.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a gym membership at Baptist HealthPlex or any other gym in town,” she said. “The program is open to the community. We just want to encourage people to follow a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Bi-weekly meetings will be held and will include either an educational programs that covers topics like, “Heart healthy meals,” “No guilt desserts” and “Grilling for good health” or a physical activity to get people up and moving. Those will include ballroom dancing, yoga, pilates and more.

The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. During the hour-long session, attendees will get tips for savvy grocery shopping and frugal fitness, as well as participate in a 15-minute question and answer period with a licensed dietitian.

Participants will be invited to attend several free community activities scheduled through May. The first event, Hearty Lunch Walk, will be held at noon on Feb. 9. Participants are encouraged to join organizers on a walk beginning at Baptist HealthPlex and continuing south down North Lamar Boulevard toward the Square. At the end, organizers will distribute hearthealthy brown bag lunches.

Each month will have different healthy activities, such as the “Coaches Corner” that will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at the University of Mississippi indoor practice facility where multiple activities will be conducted in sync to meet the varying levels of activity for each participant. On May 7, the community health initiative will culminate with a Field Day, featuring a variety of events.

“In addition to multiple incentive prizes (throughout the program), there will be trophies awarded for various Field Day activities,” Upton said.

Upton said she and her committee have contacted local businesses and organizations to get them involved and encourage their colleagues to participate.

“Some of our local businesses have already challenged each other to see who will have the highest percentage of the team participate in the program,” Upton said. “We’re working with the local schools and the university to encourage participation as well.”

To learn more about Healthy You, Healthy L.O.U., visit them on Facebook or call 232-8788.

—alyssa@oxfordeagle.com

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