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Join the Fit Families Challenge to stay active and win prizes

Do you constantly feel like you’re on the move, rushing from one meeting or event to the next? With busy lives and busy families, it’s easy to wish that there were more hours in the day to get everything done. When your days feel busy at best and chaotic at worst, where does exercise fit into the mix?

One of the most commonly cited reasons for skipping out on exercise is lack of time. Getting active falls by the wayside of our other priorities, ending up on tomorrow’s to do list instead of today’s. Consider, though, all the benefits you miss out on when you skip that morning exercise video or lunchtime walk.

According to the American Heart Association, walking just 30 minutes a day reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity, and improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Exercise has also been shown to elevate mood and decrease stress and depression. Further, the Exercise is Medicine initiative states that regular physical activity leads to higher academic and work performance for both children and adults. With all the benefits you can get from regular exercise, do you really have time to skip it?

Join Centre Moves, a Centre County community coalition dedicated to encouraging healthy lifestyles, in making exercise part of your regular routine this April. Centre Moves will be hosting the second annual Fit Families Challenge, a month long, countywide community challenge to get people moving. Just complete and log 15 exercises in the month of April to be entered to win prizes. There’s no time or activity requirement — as long as you’re moving it counts. So take a 15-minute walk on your lunch break. Throw a ball with your family in the backyard for 10 minutes after dinner. Wake up just 20 minutes earlier to follow an at-home yoga video or smartphone app. Prove to yourself and your family that exercise can be a part of your busy life. Just try it for a month — we know you won’t regret it.

Register for the Fit Families Challenge at www.centremoves.org. Then complete and track 15 workouts during the month of April. Log all 15 workouts and be eligible for any of our grand prizes, including $1,200 in vouchers for one adult and one youth bike sponsored by The Bicycle Shop and the Bestwick Foundation, a one-year Centre County YMCA family membership, a State College Spikes package and a registered dietitian consultation from One on One Fitness. We can’t wait to see how you fit exercise into your busy lifestyle this April.

For more information about the Fit Families Challenge, visit www.centremoves.org, email info@centremoves.org or call 231-7140.

Centre Moves is a community coalition committed to reducing the burden of diabetes and obesity in our region through community engagement and action. Madison Weidel, a senior studying kinesiology at Penn State, is the Centre Moves and Community Health and Outreach Intern for Mount Nittany Health for spring 2017.

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