32 Million Minutes of Physical Activity Logged!
WHAT: Thousands of Palm Beach County residents participated in Palm Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s sixth annual Let’s Move!: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge, which ran from March 1 - March 31, 2018. The foundation partnered with PNC Bank, CBS12, and teams from local cities, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, fitness centers and churches to host the initiative, which inspired county residents to complete and log 30 minutes of physical activity each day during the month. Events were held across Palm Beach County, focusing on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors. The number of teams participating this year more than doubled over the 100 teams that participated in 2017.
“Palm Healthcare Foundation is elated with the results. Our vision is that all Palm Beach County residents have an opportunity to reach their full health potential. We hope campaigns like Let’s Move! will create camaraderie and instill friendly competition throughout the county as residents work to incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines, said Marge Sullivan, Vice President of Communications at Palm Healthcare Foundation. “Physical activity can make a lasting change in health because it decreases the risk for obesity, strengthens bones and muscles, reduces stress, and can improve your mood and quality of sleep.”
WHY LET’S MOVE!?:
The top 5 teams, according to their total amount of minutes logged, were:
1. The Village of Wellington
2. The City of Delray Beach
3. The City of Boynton Beach
4. The Town of Jupiter
5. The City of West Palm Beach
Thousands of Palm Beach County residents made the commitment to join the challenge. Some people started exercising for the first time; some people decided to “up their game” for the challenge. The School District of Palm Beach County became a significant player this year. Of the 50 schools and 11 district departments that participated, they logged nearly eight million minutes. Other teams that that really stepped up their involvement this year include the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County, Palm Beach State College, PNC Bank, El Sol and the Area Agency on Aging-Palm Beach and Treasure Coast.
The Let’s Move Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge Planning Committee decided to establish a video contest this year that would inspire people to get physically active. There were nine entries and all of them were extremely creative and inspiring. The winner of the Let’s Move 2018 Video contest was Palm Beach State College. Led by Lyn Becker, Wellness Center Coordinator at the college, she encouraged students and college personnel to take charge of their health through the challenge. “My hope is that our Palm Beach State College participants will continue what they started in March for the rest of their lives,” enthused Lyn Becker.
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.