60 attend Live Healthy Iowa launch

Chuck Long, former University of Iowa and NFL football player and current CEO of the Iowa Sports Foundation gave a talk where he encouraged Iowans to move. He then put his words into action by going head-to-head with three locals in a football throwing contest. Photo by Kacey Ginn

The west campus at Hagie Manufacturing was a busy place on November 14, as close to 60 people attended the launch of the Wright County Wellness Coalition’s Live Healthy Iowa initiative.

While the group had a good time with company, snacks and games, there were two highlights for the evening. The first was news from Dr. Renee Diamond that with lots of school participation during the Fall Fitness Day, Wright’s participation in Live Health Iowa events went up to 14.47 percent—which puts us at #5 for healthiest counties in Iowa. In 2016, Wright was ranked #73. Those present were excited about trying to bring that up to #1 for 2018.

In order to that, more participation is needed. Registration will open soon for the LHI 10-Week Wellness Challenge, which starts January 22. Look out for news about a 5K and other LHI events throughout the year.

The other highlight was a pep talk from Chuck Long, CEO of the Iowa Sports Foundation and former quarterback for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. He encouraged everyone gathered, both adults and children, to make an effort to get outside and play.

“Bodies are made to move,” Long said.

 

Check the Monitor for more updates on Live Healthy Iowa events.