DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado, concluded its statewide Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge (Challenge) today, motivating more than 8,000 Coloradans to kick-start a healthier lifestyle through physical activity. The Challenge, which aligns with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s goal to become the healthiest state in the nation, and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, provided free online tools to encourage Coloradans to make a concerted and collective effort to being active during the month of August, with the goal to engage in physical activity for an average of 30 minutes a day for as many days as possible.
During the month of August, Challenge participants logged impressive, collective statistics with 96,000 hours of activity, equating into 11 continuous years worth of physical activity. Challenge participants also burned more than 39 million calories or enough calories to equate to more than 11,000 pounds. Coloradans logged 324,000 miles in August, or enough miles to walk across the state nearly 863 times.
“Coloradans have proven that we are one of the most active states in the nation,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Our collective commitment to get moving and becoming healthier is important to our whole state, including our economy. Congratulations to everyone who is working to have more healthy and active habits and for their pursuit of making Colorado the healthiest state.”
LiveWell Colorado designed the Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge to increase physical activity of residents across the state. While Colorado is often touted as the leanest state in the nation, 58 percent of adults are overweight or obese, as are one quarter of Colorado children. According to a CDC study, only 52 percent of Colorado adults achieve the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity and 18 percent reported no physical activity the last month.
“LiveWell Colorado is thrilled with Coloradans’ involvement with the Get Movin’ Challenge. People from all areas of the state, walked, ran, gardened, danced, swam and hiked more than 324,000 miles in August and far surpassed our expectations and goals for the program,” said Maren Stewart, president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado. “We are honored to align with the Governor’s goal to become the healthiest state in the nation and appreciative of Kaiser Permanente’s support.”
About LiveWell Colorado
LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. Leading a comprehensive approach, LiveWell Colorado inspires and advances policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that aim to provide every Coloradan with access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places they live, work, learn and play. LiveWell Colorado’s strategic partners and funders are the Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and the Colorado Department of Public Health. For more information, visit livewellcolorado.org. On Facebook, “like” LiveWell Colorado and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@livewellco).