Mercer County Health Department to hold annual Wellness Challenge

Wellness Challenge

The Mercer County Health Department of Princeton will hold its annual Wellness Challenge focusing on healthy lifestyles.

Sign-ups will be at the health department office on February 18th through 21st from 8 o’clock to 4:30. The challenge will last six weeks through April 4th.

Administrator Gina Finney says the program will not just focus on weight and weight loss, and participants will follow Five for Life. That includes drinking half their body weight in ounces of water, getting 30 minutes of physical activity each day, cutting out one unhealthy food item, spending one hour each day on themselves, and keeping a gratitude journal. Participants will keep track of the information, turn it into the health department each week, and receive points.

Anyone who receives at least 80% of possible points will get their entry fee back and possible other prize money. There will also be weekly challenges at Princeton. Past challenges have included a stability ball class, Zumba, walking and running at the track, swimming at the Stacy Center, and a healthy cooking class.

About 20 to 40 individuals usually participate in the annual Wellness Challenge, and Finney hopes at least that many sign-up this year February 18th through 21st. She adds that someone who works in Mercer County but does not live there can also participate.

More information on the wellness challenge can be obtained by calling the Mercer County Health Department at (660) 748-3630