There was a discussion at our last general meeting, about how community health advocates (the many of us working at health nonprofits/organizations) need to advocate for our own health. We need to walk the talk. We need to eat right, exercise, and actively live the healthy lifestyles we so often tell community members to practice!
Out of that came the 1st Annual APIOPA Active for Life Campaign. We have partnered up with American Cancer Society and have committed about a dozen API nonprofit organizations to compete in their Active for Life Campaign. What is Active for Life?
Active for Life is a 10-week program that uses individual and group strategies to help people become more physically active. Research shows that people who increase their physical activity, improve their diet, and maintain a healthy weight reduce their risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The program encourages participants to take an honest look at their current activity level and set realistic goals for improvement. Physical activities can range from walking at lunchtime, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or yard work to more strenuous exercise like running, swimming, or playing tennis.
For the next 10 weeks, these 10 API nonprofits will be entering how many “active” minutes they have per day, and we will tabulate the results every week. The winner at the end of the 10 weeks will not only receive a trophy that I am making with my bare hands, they will moreso get the honor of being the first team ever to win the title! Amidst the awesome smack talking, I’ve already heard of teams planning how they can all be more active during the week. This should be exciting…stay tuned for updates (and plenty of smack talk)!