HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE EVENTS
Events are listed at: ourvalleyevents.com/healthy-huntsville
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IN THE NEWS
MAYOR'S 100-MILE WALKING CHALLENGE
September 1 - November 30, 2015.
Register to participate at walkingworks.com. Registration instructions are posted HERE.
Walkers who complete the 100 miles or more by Nov. 30 will be eligible for a drawing for prizes (Fitbits, athletic wear) and a Walking Challenge t-shirt. Scheduled walks are posted at ourvalleyevents.com/healthy-huntsville.
Welcome to the city-wide initiative to promote a healthier Huntsville! Led by Mayor Battle, Healthy Huntsville is sponsored by the following non-profit organizations: the City of Huntsville, HudsonAlpha, Huntsville City Schools, Huntsville Hospital, and the Madison County Health Department.
These organizations are working with the community to offer FREE programs throughout the year to help educate our citizens on wellness and good physical health. Our goal is to:
"Reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles."
How Does Healthy Huntsville Impact Me?
Healthy Huntsville focuses on the core concepts of nutrition and exercise to encourage our local residents to embrace healthy lifestyles. Healthy Huntsville will provide you with nutrition and fitness tips, healthy recipes, and more.
We begin each year with Scale Back Alabama, the statewide weight loss challenge in January. In the spring and summer, we host free Saturday workouts in Big Spring Park, hikes and yoga at the Hayes Nature Preserve, nutrition classes and exercise instruction in community centers. A Super Saturday Fitness event is also held in May in Big Spring Park that includes the annual Mayor's Bike Ride. The Mayor's 100-Mile Walking Challenge runs from September through November.
Why Healthy Huntsville?
Alabama is the second most obese state in the country with a rate that exceeds 30 percent. "Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Alabama, and we are out to change that," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "It takes time, but a lot can happen in four months. A person can lose 10 or 15 pounds, they can begin to make better food choices, and they can get off that couch." According to Battle, Huntsville can no longer afford to ignore the impact that obesity has on the quality of our lives and our health care spending.
"We want to be the catalyst for change and to show our citizens that there is a better way," said Mayor Battle. "We already know that Huntsville is one of the smartest places to live in the country. If we can raise awareness about the serious health risk that obesity has on the quality and longevity of our lives and how easily those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, then we can also make Huntsville one of the fittest places."
WHO IS HEALTHY HUNTSVILLE?
Meet the Healthy Huntsville leadership team
Mayor Tommy Battle and the City of Huntsville | HudsonAlpha | Huntsville City Schools |
Huntsville Hospital | Madison County Health Department