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A Little Healthy Competition

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 6, 2010

So, getting healthy is already a big win in itself, right? But what if you could get double the bang for that buck: get healhty with your pals and beat out your UNH colleages while doing it. Pretty tempting, right?

Here’s what you do: get yourself a team of up to five people-- faculty, staff or students per team but no comingling--and register for the first annual Healthy UNH Fitness Challenge, a monthlong competition that will gauge the healthiest among us according to frequency and variety.

From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, your team will keep track of every hour of exercise done per member, and of the tpye of exercise: running, swimming, biking, hiking, weight training—anything that gets the body moving and the heart rate climbing.

At the end of the competition, prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to the most active (highest average number of minutes exercised per person), most varied (greatest assortment of exercise per person) and most improved (largest increase in the number of minutes of exercise per person per week). There will be nine winning faculty/staff teams and nine winning student teams.

Start with getting a team together. Choose a leader. That’s the person who will register the team (click here) and submit weekly results. Register by Oct. 15. Important to note: once the team is registered, no changes can be made.

“Healthy UNH hopes that through this fitness competition, members of our campus population will begin to get more active. Forming teams will help people to develop support systems to keep them motivated,” says Kimberly Persson, project director, N.H. Institute for Health Policy & Practice.

The first 20 teams to register will receive Healthy UNH T-shirts.

A kickoff celebration will take place Oct. 15 at 12:15 p.m. with a ribbon cutting for the new Main Street West Edge path, followed by a group walk back to campus.

Sponsors include Runner’s Alley, Green Lotus Yoga Studio, Red’s Shoe Barn, The Herbal Path, Papa Wheelies Bicycle Shop, Health Services and UNH Dining. For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/fall-fitness.



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