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January 19, 2012

100 Day Wellness Challenge reaches 12,500 participants

AMES — Live Healthy Iowa's 100 Day Wellness Challenge has reached 12,500 Iowa participants on 2,042 teams. The Challenge kicks off Jan. 23, with registration remaining open until the end of February.  

The 100 Day Wellness Challenge is a simple and affordable challenge encouraging Iowans to make healthy choices. Over the course of 100 days, teams (two-10 people) take part in friendly competition tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss through the Live Healthy Iowa website.  

"I am thrilled by the number of Iowans who have already joined the Challenge and look forward to providing them with resources and support to build lifelong healthy habits," said Nicole Bruce, health initiatives director of Live Healthy Iowa. "We are on the way to changing the shape of our state and becoming the healthiest state in the nation."

For $20, participants receive a training T-shirt; weekly motivational emails; personal tracking, goal-setting, tools and resources; health and wellness discounts from across the state; chance to win team and individual incentives; a one-year subscription to a lifestyle magazine; and more.

The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge works well for businesses, communities and organizations wishing to begin a wellness program or to simply enhance an existing wellness program.  

If the challenge will be a component of your organization's wellness program and has multiple teams participating, register your team with your assigned Group ID. If you would like to incorporate this into the wellness program of your business, community or organization, contact Live Healthy Iowa. Register your team today at www.livehealthyiowa.org.  

Live Healthy Iowa, formerly Lighten Up Iowa, was created in 2001 by the Iowa Sports Foundation as a strategic health initiative to address the state's growing obesity problem. Live Healthy Iowa brings together friends, families, businesses and communities in team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change. In 2011, more than 152,000 adult and youth Iowans took part in a Live Healthy Iowa program. To learn more, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org. 

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