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School districts step up for the 2017 Million Mile Month challenge

School districts from across the nation are stepping out as part of Million Mile Month 2017.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month, which began on April 1, is a challenge to complete one million collective miles of physical activity, together, as a global community.

School districts in Texas, California, Florida and Missouri are encouraging local communities – including students, teachers, families and friends – to join in the challenge.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of April’s Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in the challenge of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity.

Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.

Fort Bend Independent School District Charles Dupre is challenging fellow Texas superintendents to join in the challenge.

“In Fort Bend ISD, life balance, health and fitness are important to us,” Dupre said. “We look forward to the friendly competition with area school districts each year. Our FBISD community has already logged thousands of miles this April and we look forward to once again claiming bragging rights as the fittest district.”

Austin (Texas) Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz said: “We want Austin ISD to be the healthiest, fittest school district in the state. By participating in Million Mile Month, we can stay on track with our fitness goals.’’

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Texas is encouraging students, teachers, parents, neighbors, family and friends to join the challenge.

“Enough talking the talk. It’s time to walk the walk,’’ said Lamar ISD Superintendent Thomas Randle. “Last April, the Lamar CISD community walked almost 70,000 miles. Let’s get moving’’

Since 2014, more than 34,000 participants from 50 states, 36 countries and more than 200 organizations have stepped up to the Million Mile Month challenge.

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.  For more information, visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

NEWS RELEASE: Stand Up and Get Moving – Austin, Travis County Leaders Kick Off Million Mile Month

Stand Up and Get Moving – Austin, Travis County Leaders Kick Off Million Mile Month

Global Community Encouraged to Achieve 1 Million Miles in April

 

AUSTIN, Texas (March 31, 2017) – Austin and Travis County officials and business leaders are encouraging the community to embrace healthy living by stepping out in April as part of the global Million Mile Month.

Million Mile Month, developed by the non-profit organization HealthCode, is a wellness challenge in which participants track their physical activity – from walking to running to swimming to yoga – with a goal of accomplishing a collective 1 million miles as a global community in the month of April.

The Austin City Council on March 23 approved a proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler encouraging the community to participate in Million Mile Month with a city goal of 30,000 collective miles in April.

“They say sitting is the new smoking, which is bad news for me when our council meetings last past midnight. Most jobs in America – four in five, in fact – are sedentary. Million Mile Month is a great way to raise awareness of a lifestyle focused on good physical and mental health. It’s time to take a stand – literally – and get moving,’’ Mayor Adler said.

Adler joined Travis County and state business leaders for a kickoff of the 2017 Million Mile Month challenge at Austin City Hall.

HealthCode launched the Million Mile Month in 2014 to help encourage individuals to take an active role in their health.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of April’s Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in the challenge of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity.

Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle is challenging other businesses to participate in the event.  “At Silicon Labs, one of our top priorities is our employees’ health and well-being. Healthy employees are happy employees. We’ve participated in Million Mile Month since its inception, and this year we have a goal of 20,000 miles.’’

Travis County employees also are participating and Judge Sarah Eckhardt is challenging other Texas counties to follow suit. “Physical activity and proper nutrition are vital for a healthy life. Let’s take a huge million mile step forward toward a healthier community,’’ Eckhardt said.

Austin Independent School District is encouraging staff and families to participate in the Million Mile Month challenge. “We want Austin ISD to be the healthiest, fittest school district in the state. By participating in Million Mile Month, we can stay on track with our fitness goals,’’ said Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz.

 

Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode, said: “We are seeing continued interest from businesses, school districts, counties and municipalities – as well as individuals – to take the Million Mile Month challenge. Millions of people die each year from preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer and we want people to take a stand and take a step to help ward off disease.’’

 

Since 2014, more than 34,000 participants from 50 states across the United States, 36 countries and more than 200 organizations have stepped up to the Million Mile Month challenge. Since 2014, participants have achieved 3.1 million miles of activity and burning 219 million calories.

In addition to helping employees meet health goals, Million Mile Month is an easy program for organizations to administer. Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.  For more information visit http://millionmilemonth.org/.

 

About HealthCode and Million Mile Month

Million Mile Month – developed by the non-profit organization HealthCode – is a global wellness challenge in which participants track their physical activity – from walking to running to swimming to yoga – with a goal of accomplishing a collective 1 million miles. HealthCode is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier, happier lives through education and raising awareness on the benefits of physical activity, nutrition, the environment and community connections. For more information visit https://healthcode.org/.

“Game on!” Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle issues Million Mile Month business challenge

Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle is challenging business leaders to step up and participate in Million Mile Month this April.
HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a challenge to complete one million miles of physical activity, together as a global community. Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of Million Mile Month is to encourage people to take control of their health.
“At Silicon Labs, one of our top priorities is our employees’ health and well-being. I’m sure you can agree – healthy employees are happy employees,” Tuttle said in a letter to business leaders. “Since its beginning, our employees have participated in Million Mile Month – a fun and easy way for employees to come together and be even more active. This year, Silicon Labs is challenging other companies to join in on the fun! We have a goal of 20,000 miles – do you think your company can beat it? Game on!”

In addition to its employee wellness benefits, Million Mile Month is an easy program for organizations to administer. Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.
During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

Million Mile Month 2017: Registration is open!

 

It’s time to get ready to get moving. Million Mile Month 2017 starts on April 1.

Registration is open for this year’s Million Mile Month. We encourage everyone of all ages and from all countries to join in this fun challenge.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness within an organization or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of HealthCode’s April Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in their health, through a fun challenge to achieve 1 million miles of physical activity as one global community.

HealthCode’s mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives by engaging people year-round through community-focused, goal-based challenges and programs.  Check out a few of the hundreds of participant comments.

“Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health,’’ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Not only can physical activity help control weight, it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type2 diabetes, and some cancers while strengthen bones and muscles. It also can improve your mood.

Million Mile Month is about moving – and is not just for seasoned athletes. It’s for everyone who wants to commit to a healthier, happier life. Participants can complete their activity of choice – from running, walking, biking, swimming, yoga to dancing – and move at their own pace and at the days/times best for their busy schedules.

We want everyone to get outside and get active with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Companies are using the Million Mile Month to connect their employees around the globe.

The program is simple.

Million Mile Month participant Danielle and her daughter

Complete activity and log those miles or minutes on the Million Mile Month website to support you on your health journey and help your community reach 1 million miles.

Join us. If you have any questions about Million Mile Month visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

How do you get your steps in? Send us your stories. Follow us on Twitter @MMileMonth and use the hashtag #MMM17.

Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Whether you walk a little or run a lot, hydration is an important piece to your overall nutrition and wellness. A general rule of thumb is to divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water or a low-calorie beverage over the course of the day, then add 5-10 ounces for every 15-20 minutes of exercise. Here are some tips on how to get enough water each day:



re-usable bottleKeep a refillable water bottle with you all day, on-the-go, or at the office.


flavored waterAim to add nutrients and flavor to your beverages. If water isn’t your favorite flavor, try adding fresh fruit to add a fresh kick. Or, add low-fat milk to your smoothie, hot cocoa, or morning coffee to add flavor, protein and calcium.


sport drinkSip an electrolyte-rich sports drink if you are exercising more than 60 minutes or if you are training in extremely hot and humid conditions. Other than that, stick with water to hydrate your workout.


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Fuel Your Day and Fight Hunger With Protein

Protein is important for building muscle and maintaining satiety! Your goal should be to eat small frequent meals, with a high-fiber carbohydrate and lean protein, every few hours. Here are three tips and tricks to help you fuel successfully and fight hunger:

food timingEat early and often. Studies have shown that eating 30g of protein at each meal (especially at breakfast) can help prevent cravings and keep you full throughout the day.

 

Check out this protein-packed breakfast recipe: Beef and Egg Breakfast Mugs



fuel gaugeEat until you are not hungry versus until you are full. A good rule of thumb is to start with a plate made up of one-half vegetables, one-fourth lean protein and one-fourth grains and water. Wait 15-20 minutes before considering seconds.

 

Try this recipe out for size: Beef Filets with Ancient Grain & Kale Salad



after workoutRefuel after workouts. Consuming 10-20 grams of protein after a workout is key for repairing and rebuilding muscle.

Check out these protein snack suggestions:

  • 1-oz beef jerky (15g)
  • 1-oz almonds or other nuts (6g)
  • String cheese (5-8g)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter or other nut butter (8g)
  • Protein bar (12g)

  • Trail mix (6g)
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt (17g)
  • 1-oz pumpkin seeds (5g)
  • Hummus to-go with pretzels (6g)
  • Hardboiled egg (6g)
  • 8-oz low-fat cottage cheese (27g)

 

Variety is the spice of life and food!

Are you choosing the same foods and getting bored with your everyday meals?  A variety of foods, colors and textures will help you enjoy your meals while getting the nutrients you need to fuel your active lifestyle. Challenge yourself to enjoy something new with these three tips:

grainsChoose a grain you’ve never tried before on your next grocery store visit, for example, quinoa, couscous, farro and buckwheat provide additional protein and fiber.

 

Try this recipe: Whole Grain Veggie Fried Rice

 

colorsEat the colors of a rainbow. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables help boost immunity and muscle recovery after exercise.

 

Try this recipe: Chick Pea Cucumber & Kale Tomato Cup

 

protein varietyIncorporate a variety of proteins like eggs, nuts, beef, poultry, fish and dairy to help build and rebuild the muscles that fuel your active body.

 

Try this recipe: Vegetable-Mango Beef Stirfry 

 

Million Mile Month 2015 Participant Spotlights

Our 20k+ Million Mile Month 2015 participants have shared thousands of heartwarming stories with us, and here are just a few.

We love to hear why Million Mile Month is important to you. Share your story by emailing us at contact@millionmilemonth.org, and maybe you’ll show up in our next participant spotlight video!

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Carla Schweizer Participant Spotlight

During Million Mile Month 2015 we sat down with Carla Schweizer, who is a mom, grandmother, wife and multiple sclerosis survivor of 23 years. After feeling “left out” of fitness events for years because of the condition of her MS, she was empowered by her ability to participate in Million Mile Month and inspired to be part of the community working toward 1 million miles together.  Read More

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Danielle Kaczor Participant Spotlight

During Million Mile Month 2015 we had the pleasure of meeting an amazing mom who’s daughter, Zoey, has been battling leukemia since January 2013 and who’s husband is active military. Read the story of how Million Mile Month has provided her family with a way to relieve stress, stay positive and stay physically active among the chaos and a very hectic schedule. Read More

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