Palm Healthcare Foundation Announces Annual Let's Move Physical Activity Challenge to Combat Obesity and Improve Mental Health

West Palm Beach, FL (February 28, 2018)— Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health with a mission to improve health through community collaboration, has just announced its 6th annual Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018 and running through Saturday, March 31, 2018.   

 

The Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge is a county-wide campaign that focuses on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors.  Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., in partnership with PNC Bank and CBS12, sponsors the annual challenge. The foundation hopes that Palm Beach County residents who participate in the challenge will 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.  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

 

Families, individuals, community and workplace teams are encouraged to log at least thirty minutes of physical activity per day at LetsMovePBC.org.  One of Let’s Move’s goals is to create camaraderie and instill friendly competition throughout the county, as residents work to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. There is no cost to participate.

 

To make the competition even more exciting this year, Palm Healthcare Foundation is hosting the first-ever Let's Move Video Contest.  In order to participate, each Let’s Move team must record themselves in a video that will inspire people to get physically active – this can be a music video, fun fitness routine, choreographed dance, or any other type of creative video. “Let’s Move” must be mentioned in the video in order to qualify.  All entries should be 3 minutes long or less. All video contest entries are due by Monday, March 19. 

 

“Palm Healthcare Foundation started this annual month-long campaign six years ago, because we truly believe that physical activity is a key component to preventing a multitude of health issues,” said Marge Sullivan, Vice President of Communications at Palm Healthcare Foundation. “As the minutes logged begin to increase, so does the quality of life for the residents of Palm Beach County.”

 

In 2017, 100 teams comprised of thousands of Palm Beach County residents logged over 7 million minutes of physical activity. Two teams earned top spots as Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Let’s Move “Gold Medal Champions. The City of Delray Beach and the City of Boynton Beach each logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of physical activity! 

 

In 2018, the foundation is partnering with corporations, schools, youth groups, after-school programs, fitness programs, local gyms and non-profit organizations with hopes to boost the number of minutes logged over last year.  Throughout the month Let’s Move events will be held across Palm Beach County focusing on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors:

 

Delray Beach Let's Move Pep Rally 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Pompey Park 
1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach, FL 33444
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net 

Let's Move Jamathon
Thursday, March 1, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Beacon Cove Intermediate School
150 School House Rd, Jupiter, FL 33458 

The Village of Wellington Let's Move Kick-off Event
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
The Mall at Wellington Green
10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 2000, Wellington, FL 33414
 

ZUMBA Master Class
Monday, March 5, 2018
6:30 PM 
Village Academy 
400 SW 12th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net


CBS12's Annual Health and Wellness Experience
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mizner Park Amphitheater
590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
 

 

 

The City of Boynton Beach's Community Fitness Day
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Boynton Beach Amphitheatre
129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

 

The Alfred Straghn Walk & Family Fun Day 
Sunday, March 11, 2018
4:00 PM
From SW 5th Avenue to Atlantic Avenue East to A1A and back to SW 5th Avenue in Delray Beach, FL 
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net 

Let's Move Jamathon

Monday, March 19, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Edna Runner Tutorial Center
7187 Church St, Jupiter, FL 33458


Let's Move Jamathon

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 PM
Village Academy 
400 SW 12th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net
 

Northside/Southside Community Kickball Game
Sunday, March 25, 2018
4:00 PM
Pompey Park
1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach, FL 33444
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net
 

Kids Move For Fun
Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Pompey Park
1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach, FL 33444
For more information, contact Andrea Bruton 561-441-9411 or sky703@att.net

 

 

Let's Move Jamathon
Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hammock Pointe Elementary School
8400 SW 8th St, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Let's Move Jamathon

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location TBA

 

About Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health now and for generations to come.  Palm Healthcare Foundation has invested $75 million dollars in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., visit palmhealthcare.org or call (561) 833-6333.