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Get Healthy Cenla! Ready for the May challenge?
Tammy Moreau
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Get Healthy Cenla! Ready for the May challenge?

Take the veggie and basic training challenges

Join The Rapides Foundation Get Healthy Cenla Challenge, a daily challenge designed to encourage people to improve their nutrition and physical activity. Our goal is for everyone to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, five days a week. 

Download and print the May 2017 Challenge Calendar to get started today. May's calendar features two areas of focus. The nutrition focus is about increasing your vegetable intake to three servings a day. Each week try a new vegetable or prepare your favorite a newer, healthier way. Check out the green-shaded boxes on the calendar for veggie prep tips, and try them for different meals (including breakfast!) and snacks. In honor of Memorial Day, the May fitness focus supports our nation's Armed Forces by offering a Basic Training Physical Endurance Challenge. The challenges throughout the month address three exercises: pushups; sit-ups; and a 2-mile walk/run. Be sure to mark your progress each Monday on the calendar block. 

Do you want even more resources to help meet your health goals? You can click the links to see our YouTube videos about: how to eat healthier; simple exercises you can add to your workout; and tips for proper walking techniques. Links to all of these videos are also in the "More Links" section below this article. 

The challenges on our calendar are prepared by trained staff in our CMAP Healthy Lifestyle Program. They are designed to be simple and realistic. If you find the challenges too easy, try doubling the amounts. If they are too hard, don't worry. Do what you can, and have fun!

Want some quick and easy vegetable prep tips to help you with the nutrition challenges on the calendar? Visit our vegtogether.org website for lots of tasty and quick ways to prepare veggies. 

The Get Healthy Cenla Challenge is a component of the Healthy Lifestyle Program. This is a program aimed at fighting obesity in Central Louisiana by providing Cenla residents with resources to lead healthy lifestyles. Talk to your doctor for a referral to the Healthy Lifestyle Program, or call 318-767-3019 for more information. The Healthy Lifestyle Program is funded by The Rapides Foundation and administered by CMAP. Click here to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyle Program. 

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