With the holiday season officially underway, HealthCode is kicking off the Give the Gift of Health virtual challenge on December 1.


HealthCode’s Give the Gift of Health virtual challenge is designed to encourage participants to find new ways to stay active throughout the busy holiday season in December.


“Give the Gift of Health is all about self-care and finding creative ways to remain active and healthy throughout the festivities of the holidays,’’ said Steve Amos, founder and CEO of HealthCode. “While exercising and eating healthy during the holidays could sometimes seem like a lost cause, small moments of movement throughout the day can help maintain physical and mental health and stamina. However, staying fit during the holiday season should not be stressful or forced. Taking time to rest and spending time to enjoy your family and friends is really important too.”


How much physical activity do adults need? Physical activity is anything that gets the body moving, according the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans stresses adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity each week.


Participating in the Give the Gift of Health challenge is easy. Participants sign up on the Give the Gift of Health registration page and pick a mileage goal for the month and log miles or minutes on the HealthCode online activity tracker.


Throughout the month, the program leaderboard is updated with miles achieved worldwide. Participants can join as an individual or as part of an organization. Employers and other organizations can register at  https://healthcode.org/organizations.


HealthCode is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier, happier lives, free from preventable diseases.


Whether it is an employer looking to develop a culture of wellness or an individual seeing to stay on track, HealthCode offers goal-based challenges with more than 88.500 participants and organizations across all 50 U.S. states and in more than 30 countries.


Since launching the first Million Mile Month challenge in 2014, HealthCode’s programs have grown to monthly events, including the Turkey Trek challenge that ends November 30. In addition, registration will open in mid-December for the iResolve virtual challenge in January.


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