MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

March 1, 2014

Rise to the challenge and get healthy

It’s no secret most of Muskogee could be a lot healthier.

That’s why the Muskogee Wellness Initiative has challenged local citizens to get healthy.

The organization is putting its money where its mouth is — offering up to $30,000 in prize money that will be donated to nonprofit organizations.

The “Be Well Okie Challenge” starts Monday, but registration is ongoing through Friday. We encourage you to register earlier to give your team the best chance of winning.

The challenge is unique in that it’s not about losing weight — it’s about getting healthy. Not only does that make it so everyone can participate, it raises awareness of other ways to be healthy.

The challenge has three categories: eating better, moving more, and being tobacco free/living well.

Any business can participate, and more than one team can be from the same business or organization. There are several different ways to win points.

Each member of the team will participate in multiple health screenings to monitor progress.

We encourage everyone to participate in this unique contest.

Even if you don’t finish in the top three, you will win the gift of better health, which makes this contest well worth the time and effort.

FYI

WHAT: Be Well Okie Challenge.

WHEN: Online registration ends at midnight Friday. Challenge starts Monday and ends May 26.

WHERE: Any Muskogee business, school, or church can compete.

INFORMATION: muskogeewellness.org.

Health screenings dates and locations:

• 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Muskogee Swim & Fitness Center, 566 N. Sixth St.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Three Rivers Health Center, 1001 S. 41st St. E.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, EASTAR Health System’s main campus, 300 Rockefeller Drive, and EASTAR Health System’s east campus, 2900 N. Main St.

• 6 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Three Rivers Health Center, 1001 S. 41st St. E.

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