Get Up & Go is a 6-week physical activity challenge for people who live, work and play in Carver County. It starts Monday, April 30, 2012 and runs through Sunday, June 10, 2012. After registering on the GoCarverGo site, participants track their minutes and level of activity. There are two categories for this program: worksite and city. You are invited to participate with one of the 11 cities in Carver County or with your worksite. Participants’ minutes of activity will be counted in the total minutes of activity for the category that you selected.
You can register here.
Once the challenge begins, the Get Up & Go homepage will display everyone's minutes of activity. You can choose whether or not you want your name used publicly.
If you set your account to Public, the homepage will show your first name and last initial, along with your minutes of activity. Your last name will not be shared with anyone outside of the Get Up & Go staff.
If you set your account to Private, the homepage will display "Private" instead of your name, along with your minutes of activity. Your name will not be shared with anyone outside of the Get Up & Go staff.
It’s up to you, whichever category you want to support with your minutes of activity. Your minutes of activity will be counted in the total minutes of activity for the category that you selected.
Your name and minutes of activity won't show up on the event page until you have tracked at least one minute of activity.
To register your worksite, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, the name of your worksite, and your team name, if applicable (see the following question). If you don't include a team name, we'll use the name of your worksite instead.
Each worksite will be listed on the homepage along with its employees' minutes of activity. Each worksite has the option to choose a team name if they do not wish to use their actual company name. If you choose to use a team name, make sure your employees know which team name represents your worksite!
The information you provide will not be shared with anyone outside of the Get Up and Go program staff. We will display your minutes of activity as a way to inspire other participants. If you set your account to public, we will use your first name and last initial. If you set your account to private, your minutes of activity will still be counted and will be listed under "Private" instead of your name.
You must be 18 or older to register in this program, and children under 18 cannot “officially” participate. We encourage family members to be active together; you can download a physical activity tracker, which your children can use to record their own physical activity. You can also request a hard copy to be mailed to you. Feel free to set up your own reward system to encourage your children to walk or do other exercise.
The Core Challenge: All participants achieving 150 minutes (2 hrs 30 min) of activity each week are entered into a random drawing for an aluminum water bottle. Each week there will be 50 prizes available. Participants may only win once in this category.
High-intensity Challenge: Participants achieving 75 minutes (1 hr 15 min) of high-intensity activity each week will be entered into a drawing for a multi-function pedometer at the end of the challenge. There are 50 prizes available in this category.
Top 5: At the end of the challenge, the five participants with the highest minutes of activity will receive a $50 gift card to a sporting goods store.
The Ultimate Challenge: Everyone who tracks a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day for all 42 days will be entered into a drawing for a multi-functional pedometer. There are 50 prizes available in this category.
Donated Prizes: There will also be random and surprise drawings for prizes that participants are eligible for throughout the challenge. Donated prizes include recreation passes and fitness center memberships.
You will receive an email notifying you that you've won and how to collect your prize.
If you’ve won a prize, you’ll receive an email notification. This email will contain information on how to collect your prize. (Most prizes for city participants will be available for pick-up at your local community center or city hall. If you're participating in the worksite category, prizes will be available at your worksite. Note that these are general guidelines; please see your prize notification email for your specific prize collection information.)
Regular physical activity helps to control weight and reduces the risk of many diseases like diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and obesity. Physical activity also improves moods and helps to prevent depression and anxiety.
The intensity of physical activity, or how hard your body is working, typically falls into one of three categories (light, medium or hard), depending on the amount of effort you put into physically performing the activity. The categories of activity accommodate the various fitness and ability levels of participants. Also, people who want to improve their fitness level can try to increase the intensity level over the course of this six-week challenge.
Higher intensity activities require less time spent exercising while lower intensity activities require more time spent for the same benefit.
Low-intensity activity (easy): Does not induce sweating unless it's a hot, humid day. There is no noticeable change in breathing patterns. Examples of light-intensity activities include:
Mid-intensity activity (somewhat hard): You break a sweat after performing the activity for about 10 minutes. Breathing becomes deeper and more frequent. You can carry on a conversation but not sing. Examples of medium-intensity activities include:
High-intensity activity (vigorous, hard): You break a sweat after 3-5 minutes. Breathing is deep and rapid. You can only talk in short phrases. Examples of vigorous-intensity activities include:
To find out how much physical activity you need, go to Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Content sourced from:
"ACSM, AHA Support Federal Physical Activity Guidelines" 2012.
"Exercise intensity: Why it matters, how it's measured. Get the most from your workouts by knowing how to gauge your exercise intensity." Mayo Clinic Staff. March 5, 2011.
"Physical Activity" Minnesota Department of Health, 2011.
"Physical Activity for Everyone" Centers for Disease Control. March 30, 2011.
"Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" United States Department of Health and Human Services. September 16, 2011.
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