August 23, 2013

Erica Even, Student Assistant

Active for Life Challenge Begins Sept. 16

VALDOSTA – Valdosta State University’s Active For Life program begins the week of Sept. 16 and runs for a 10-week challenge. The kickoff celebration is Sept. 20 and the end celebration is Dec. 4. This fitness challenge encourages faculty, staff and student workers to lead a more active life on a regular basis by setting and achieving personal goals.

The program, while designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, also builds teamwork through team goals. Together, the team of employees motivates and supports one another on the road to a healthier life.

Active For Life runs on a point system in which every minute of exercise completed by a participant is equal to one point that goes toward personal and team goals.  Points are also given for practicing healthy lifestyles.  Drinking eight glasses of water a day or getting a flu shot are examples.  Bonus points are also given for making healthy life choices.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults should be exercising an average of at least 30 minutes every day for five days a week. Active For Life allows participants to choose between the bronze, silver or gold level based on their abilities.  The bronze level is 10-29 minutes, silver is 30-59 minutes and gold is 60 or more minutes a day.

Prizes and recognition are given to the top five teams and the top five individuals at each level at the end of the program.

For more information on Active For Life, contact Rebecca Murphy at 229-259-5106, Campus Wellness at 229-259-5105 or go to www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/campus-wellness/