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Rugby plans Go Red Lifestyle Challenge

By Staff | Dec 26, 2008

The Go Red for Women movement in Rugby has combined all of the wellness opportunities in the community and is providing them under one menu: the Go Red Lifestyle Challenge.

The 12-week challenge will run from January through March and will involve women from Rugby and surrounding areas.

“Our goal is to implement some of the fitness, nutrition, and well-being programs that our community has to offer, so that we can reduce the risk factors for heart disease in women. We’re focusing on women 55 and under, but all women will be accepted into the program,” said Tammy McClintock, certified fitness trainer and Lifestyle Challenge Program coordinator.

The challenge will be kicked off at The Hub in Rugby Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. At the event, individuals can learn about the Go Red Lifestyle Challenge, meet the personal trainers involved, and listen to motivational speaker Annie Kirschenmann.

The Lifestyle Challenge has 25 programs on the menu, and people who sign up for the challenge will receive a free evaluation from a certified personal trainer before and after they complete the challenge. The evaluation will measure body mass index, blood pressure and heart rate, aerobic capacity, body fat, waist and hip measurements; and strength, endurance and flexibility assessments.

Within the 25 Go Red Lifestyle Challenge programs, there are many diverse options, including cooking class, fresh and local produce class, various fitness classes, a health smart program, a sports acceleration program for people focusing on a recreational sport, positive thinking class, and some spa and massage packages.

“We’ve identified appropriate exercise, good nutrition, and well-being are key factors in lowering heart disease risk, and we wanted to be able to provide women with those options and opportunities so they could make a lifestyle change of their choice. They can choose what fits into their schedule and works with their personalities,” McClintock said.

“We’re really encouraging them to choose at least one option from each category, the exercise, nutrition, and the well-being categories. If they choose one of each for the duration of the program, we think that would be a good step towards changing some of their risk factors,” she said.

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