Summer Challenge – 5 in 5
*You may use any of the weigh-ins as an initial weigh-in for your starting weight. However, you must still meet one of the goals by the weigh-out on August 10th to be eligible for prizes.
Every Friday from 11 to 1 in the UAB Hospital North Pavilion Main Lobby
How to Win Prizes
To be eligible to win prize, participants MUST attend an initial weigh-in AND the weigh-out on August 10th. Additionally, participants must achieve at least ONE of the following goals: (1) lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks, (2) lower blood pressure by 5 points in 5 weeks (systolic and diastolic), or (3) engage in 5 designated activities in 5 weeks.
Each participant will be given a punch card at their initial weigh-in. Participants are to keep up with this punch card until the end of the challenge. Each activity will have a Summer Challenge employee present to punch a hole in your card for that activity. Participants will be given one hole punch for every designated activity they partake in.
Designated activities are:
Suggested Programs and Activities to Help You Reach Your Goal:
Calorie and Physical Activity Trackers
Research has shown that people who keep a food journal are more likely to lose weight and keep it off than those who don’t. Food journals also keep you accountable and help you learn portion sizes. Below are some suggestions for free websites and phone applications to help you reach your goal:
Consuming the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables is shown to: reduce risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes; protect against certain cancers; maintain healthy blood pressure; aid in weight management; help decrease bone loss; and keep your eyes and skin healthy. The Farm Stand offers locally grown produce at competitive prices and can be found around UAB four days a week. They even take debit cards and deliver! For more information on their schedule, click here.
Walking is one of the easiest and safest exercises you can do. It conditions your body and helps you lose weight. In addition, it lowers your risk for stroke and developing type 2 diabetes. You can get your walk in by going to the Campus Recreation Center or by trying out one of the many walking trails available around campus. Trails are available inside UAB Hospital, inside and around Highlands, and all around UAB’s campus. For maps, click here.
The American Heart Association Heart Walk is Saturday, June 30 at 9am in Linn Park. It’s a great opportunity to get your daily walk in, spend time with friends, and get involved with a great cause. Click here to join the UAB Wellness team.
Working out in a group or with friends provides support, accountability, and structure. Group classes also help you stick to a routine and ensure that you have proper technique, which is crucial to preventing injuries and maximizing calorie-burning potential. The UAB Resource Center offers employee meditation, yoga, and t’ai chi classes during the week. Click here for more information.
Railroad Park offers exercise classes five days a week at 6pm as part of their Get Healthy on the Railroad program. Click here for a detailed schedule of classes. No registration is required. For the Summer Challenge program, however, only Wednesday night Zumba and Thursday night yoga classes will earn activity punches.
Note: The Farm Stands on the Railroad located at the park on Wednesday afternoons are not part of the Summer Challenge program and will not count toward activity punches.
The Campus Recreation Center also offers a variety of exercise classes from water aerobics to spin classes. Click here for a class schedule.
Lunch & Learn Mondays (UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room C from 12:15-1)
Eat lunch and learn about healthy living topics that can help you reach your goal and lead you to a healthier, happier lifestyle. A new topic will be discussed each week. Because space is limited, registration is required. Note: Participants should bring lunch to these classes.
Click Here to Register for a Lunch & Learn
The Surgeon General says smoking causes damage to nearly every organ in your body. Your body will start repairing itself within hours of that last cigarette. Quitting drastically decreases your change of heart attack and stroke and gives you more energy to commit to physical activity. Additionally, you could save yourself up to $200 each month.
Beat the Pack – Free 4-week program designed to help participants quit using tobacco products. Classes take place the following Mondays from 11:30am – noon: July 9, 16, 23, and 30th. All classes are held in the UAB Hospital West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room C. Register here.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for counseling, personalized quit plans, and four weeks of free nicotine patches.
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