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Time to get active and healthy!

Posted on 7/19/2012 by Lynne Mitchell

Time to get active and healthy!

What is Step Up Forsyth?

Step Up Forsyth is a FREE 8-week community physical activity program.

NEW! Online registration and e-tracking of physical activity time!

This is the ninth year of Step Up Forsyth! This year’s program starts Sunday, September 16 and runs through Saturday, November 10 and you can join at any time. To get maximum benefit, it is best to participate the full 8 weeks. The goal of Step Up Forsyth! is to increase the number of people in our community that live physically active and healthy lifestyles. During this 8-week program, we hope participants will collectively log over 2 million minutes of physical activity time with over 125 registered teams and 2,000 participants.

Form a team. Organize your family, workplace, congregation or civic group as a Step Up Forsyth! team. This is a great way to team up to improve health! Each team member will electronically log their daily minutes of physical activity time during the 8-week program.

Team member responsibilities: Commit to engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes a day, record time (in minutes) on electronic activity log, and engage in some form of physical activity at least 5 days per week for the 8-weeks of Step Up Forsyth!

Join as an individual. Register on your own, log your time, and be eligible for prizes!

Please check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.

What do I have to do to join Step Up Forsyth?

Click here to download a prize list

Step Up Forsyth is about making a commitment to health. We ask that you commit to being active at least 5 times/week for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. If this goal is too ambitious — start with what is comfortable for you and ask your doctor or health care provider for guidance.

It is okay to break your activity down into smaller segments (three 10-minute segments or two 15-minute segments). Do what works best for you!

Step Up Forsyth goes LOCAL in 2012!

Forsyth County has a lot to offer if you want to eat healthy and be physically active. There are a lot of great parks, playgrounds and greenways for fun and active living. Healthy eating is right around the corner with community gardens and Farmers Markets. You will learn more about “GOING LOCAL” in our weekly e-newsletter.

Step Up Forsyth e-newsletters

As a participant in Step Up Forsyth you will receive a weekly e-newsletter on Thursdays that will highlight all things LOCAL, including:

  • Local Foods— Farmers Markets, Farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Food Buying Co-ops
  • Weekly recipes from Cancer Services
  • Local Farmer Spotlights
  • Parks, playgrounds and recreation areas
  • Weekly exercise and fitness tips from the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

2012 team and individual prize

Step Up Forsyth has great prizes!!

  • Team trophies
  • Largest team – grand prize trophy (will not be eligible for other trophy categories)
  • Largest Faith-based team
  • Largest School team (private or public school)
  • Largest organizational team (business, non-profit, government, university, etc)

Individual Prizes – selected at random among people that complete at least 6 weeks of the program.

  • Grand Prize - One-year family membership to the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
  • 15— $50 gift certificates to Omega Sports

Also, Step Up Forsyth! Let’s Go Local T-shirts for the largest teams (up to 500 will be given away) and reusable grocery bags as prizes for special events.

For a pdf copy of the above information, click here.

Click here to download a pdf copy of the prize list.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health is to prevent disease and promote a healthy community through regulation, education and partnerships.

Adopted by the Board of Health 10/2/13.

Accredited Health Department 2009-2013

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