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North Idaho health district to reward healthy habits

Tue., March 12, 2013

If you scrub your bathtub and walk your dog, you may be a winner.

North Idaho’s health district will launch a monthlong program urging residents to track their physical activity by the minute. People active for 150 minutes or more a week will be eligible for prizes.

Raking the yard and washing the floor count, too, according to a news release from the Panhandle Health District.

“Our goal is to create an awareness of the many different physical activities that can be incorporated into our lives that can increase fitness levels and start to chip away at the increasing rates of obesity that we are seeing in the United States,” Lora Whalen, the district’s director, said in the release.

The Moving Minutes Challenge, open to residents in Idaho’s five northern counties, is free. Participants can register through March as individuals or teams. Go to preventative/movingminutes.cfm, or call (208) 415-5153

The district will kick off the challenge April 1-4 with four free showings of “The Weight of the Nation” at its Hayden building, 8500 N. Atlas Road. The four-part HBO series addresses obesity in America.

Brown-bag lunches are recommended. The district also will serve free smoothies and popcorn.


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