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January 16 – April 24, 2008
What is Lighten Up Iowa? Lighten Up Iowa (LUI) is a team based program designed to help Iowans make positive changes during the course of 100 Days (January 16 – April 24) to help them move toward a healthier lifestyle.
Lighten Up Iowa will encourage participants during the program by giving them physical activities, activity ideas and tips on healthy eating and proper nutrition.
What divisions are offered for my team?
Weight Loss Division – Team goal is to lose the highest percentage of their initial body
weight. Teams competing in this division and wanting a chance to win the grand prize
must participate in the initial weigh in and the final weigh out.
Activity Minute Division – Team goal is to record the highest total of activity minutes.
These minutes are to be outside your normal daily routine and part of a balanced exercise
Weight Loss AND Activity Minute Division – Team goal is to reduce weight by
recording activity minutes as a part of working toward a healthy lifestyle. Teams
competing in this division and wanting a chance to win the prize package must participate
in the initial weigh in and the final weigh out.
This is an image taken from another Lighten Up Iowa site.
You won't see many of these foods at the Iowa State Fair!
The following is taken from an article published by the Iowa Department of Public Health:"A Public Health Issue - Obesity is quickly becoming a leading public health challenge in Iowa. The rate of overweight and obesity has [so] dramatically increased among adults, adolescents as well as children, that the new concept of an obesity epidemic is widespread in the public health dialogue. In Iowa, over half of Iowa adults are overweight or obese."
In Iowa, we start 'em out young.
We lived in Colorado for about twenty years before returning to Iowa, the state of our birth, about eleven years ago. During these eleven years, I have gained so much weight that it has begun to impact my health. Now, under a doctor's care, I am in the process of trying to lose it. Do you have any idea how much harder it is to take it off than it was to put it on??? And this, Dear Reader, is probably one of the most important reasons why I don't attend The Iowa State Fair.
Forty-seven years ago, I married into a family who lived to eat instead of eating to live. The rate of diabetes and coronary artery disease is very high in this family. In fact, longevity isn't one of their family values. Thankfully, neither of these diseases has caught up with me yet, but if I don't change my habits, it's only a matter of time. My husband, on the other hand, has diabetes, high blood pressure, heart trouble, coronary artery disease, (three bouts with blood clots), and it is extremely depressing to realize that I will probably become a widow long before I should be. The eating habits of most Iowans is atrocious, and it's hypocritical for the state to push a weight loss program like Lighten Up Iowa while making food, very unhealthy food, the main focus of our state fair.
My bitterness towards this hypocrisy almost overwhelms me during state fair time, and especially this year, as Hubby has been hospitalized twice since the last state fair. But I promise to give equal time and space to some of the fun things available at The Iowa State Fair........., next time; promise! Meanwhile, please eat healthy, throw your TV out and get moving!