Extension offers national health and wealth challenge
The Cooperative Extension system is launching a national online Small Steps to Health and Wealth Challenge. This free six-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, will be held from Jan. 13 through Feb. 23. Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals.
To sign up for the SSHW Challenge, follow the "Challenges" link on the Small Steps to Health and Wealth website at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw. Set up a username and password and download a simple one-page user's guide with instructions about how to proceed. Enroll in the Winter 2013 SSHW Challenge.
The SSHW Challenge is based on the performance of ten recommended practices on a daily basis: five that involve health and nutrition and five that involve financial management.
The five daily health and nutrition practices are: eat at least 4 cups of fruits and vegetables; get at least 30 minutes of physical activity; drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages; eat at least two servings of whole grain foods; and learn something new about health and nutrition.
The five daily financial management practices are: save a $1 bill (or more) and/or pocket change; invest $5 or more per day (including automated retirement savings plan deposits); track money spent throughout the day; eat lunch prepared at home; and learn something new about personal finance. The latter activity, for both health and personal finances, can be accomplished by visiting websites, attending seminars, or by reading, listening to, or viewing media reports.
As participants enter their personal data, they will see their point totals for each day of the week and for each of the ten activities described above. They'll also see a bar graph that compares their personal progress to the average scores of everyone else participating in the Challenge.
For more information about the national online health and wealth challenge, contact Linda Beech at the Ellis County Extension Office at 785-628-9430.