September 20, 2013 | by Nicole White
The goal of the Foothill Fitness Challenge is to create measurably healthier communities by putting what City of Hope has learned from science into practice: Exercise and healthy habits reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes.
More than 300 residents from communities surrounding City of Hope have already committed to the challenge and chosen their individual goals – the first step on the road to fitness.
The Foothill Fitness Challenge gives participants a leg up on success by providing a specific time frame: three months. It also creates healthy (literally) competition: Participants from the various communities will compete as a team against residents of neighboring communities.
Here are some of the goals set by participants so far:
To make that first step pay off down the road, make those goals concrete and measurable so you know when you’ve been successful.
Also, as with any goals, tie them to a specific time frame and be sure they can be reasonably attained in that time – in this case, three months. An extremely sedentary person, for example, might want to set his or her challenge sights on a 5K walk, not a marathon.
The challenge begins at an Oct. 5 kickoff event at City of Hope. At that event, Kaiser Permanente will be offering health screenings, such as measurements of body mass index and blood pressure, to give participants a clear starting point. That will help them assess their progress when the challenge wraps up in January.
Also at the kickoff event, participants will receive a pedometer and a fitness “passport” to help them chart their progress.
But you don’t have to wait for a pedometer or “passport” to start goal-setting. Just pick up a pen.
Better yet, go to www.cityofhope.org/fitnesschallenge to register – and record your top three wellness goals.