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Second Sunday: Challenge to get moving

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By Theresa Howard

Second Sunday is a statewide campaign that encourages Kentuckians to get moving to improve their health status. Kentucky is consistently ranked among the top 10 states for obesity and obesity-related diseases. The Second Sunday Challenge encourages families to have some fun and find simple ways to incorporate physical activity into your everyday life.
The Challenge is to complete nine or more physical activities, each lasting at least 30 minutes, between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9. Track what you do and turn in a tracker form to the Extension Office by Oct. 10 to be eligible for prizes. Stop by or contact our office for a tracker form, it is located at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road (358-3401).
There are endless options, do something to get out and get moving. Hike, bike, walk, climb, garden, jog, play ball, dance, rollerblade, skateboard, go to a gym, run, join a soccer game, walk the dog, wash the car, take the stairs, play tennis, jump rope, clog, horseback ride, push mow the lawn, work up a sweat.
Remember we have five free public walking trails in LaRue County. Three trails through the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park: visitor’s center, picnic area and boyhood home. One trail is at the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center on Leafdale Road. And one trail is at the Hodgenville Creekfront Park. Also, the schools and Family Resource Youth Services Centers promote the Tour de LaRue bike ride, which will be Sept. 17 starting from HES around 10 a.m. Contact the PE teachers at the schools to register for this fun event.
Possible prizes for Second Sunday Challenge: UK sports bag, tote bag, back packs, insulated lunch bags or coolers, UK T-shirt or windbreaker jacket, first aid kits, travel mugs, notebook padfolios, sports bottles or bike reflectors. Winners will be drawn randomly from entry tracker forms turned into the Extension Office by Monday, Oct. 10.