HW: LiveWell in Mesa County County December 16, 2008

Living healthy in Mesa County in 2009 could mean more than just exercising and eating right.

LiveWell, a local organization focused on health and wellness, is ready for the 2009 LiveWell Challenge that runs from Jan. 1 through the end of the year.

LiveWell will still highlight the importance of physical activity and nutrition during the challenge, but it will also feature seven new points of wellness: financial, social, occupational, environmental, spiritual, emotional and physical.

“Our primary focus is physical and nutritional health, but we’ve always known it has gone deeper than that,” said Sarah Elliott, LiveWell coordinator in Mesa County. “We want people to see how they are all related.”

When she talks to people about the 2009 challenge, Elliott compares health to a pinwheel.

When a person blows on one edge of a pinwheel, the entire wheel turns. With health, if a person isn’t physically well and racks up numerous sick days throughout the year, that individual’s finances will suffer too, she said.

Participation in the 2009 LiveWell Challenge is free, and registration is open at http://www.livewell.org.

Those who register receive a calendar to set goals, track progress and learn about upcoming events. The calendar can be picked up at the LiveWell office in the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road, after registration.

Participants also receive health-related discounts on some purchases in Mesa County, as well as monthly newsletters and the chance to win prizes.

In the coming year, Elliott wants more businesses to take advantage of the free resources at LiveWell and encourage employees to participate in the challenge.

Elliott is available for presentations about living healthier and she plans to schedule luncheons focused on the seven extra points of wellness.

“This was designed to be more work-site friendly,” Elliott said.

Work is a great place to start living healthier because coworkers can hold each other accountable when it comes to being active or eating better, she said.

In addition, coworkers can exchange healthy recipes or exercise together. Businesses could even offer internal incentives for living healthier, Elliott said.

For more information about the 2009 LiveWell Challenge, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 683-6612 or visit its office.


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