Wheat Ridge 2020 - Advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community

Healthy Community Story by Ted Heyd

GroupWalk01-29-13Winter’s shorter days and cooler temperatures often drive many away from getting the exercise they enjoy through the warmer months.  Not Lindsey Morgan. A stay-at-home mom from Arvada with two young children, Lindsey is in full gear through the Wheat Ridge-based Winter Fitness Challenge. The Challenge is a 3-month physical activity program integrating yoga, pilates, and running. It was created and is being lead by Live Local Active, a community-building group under Wheat Ridge 2020.

Since last summer, Lindsey had been looking for a fun group activity through which she could get some regular exercise. She started a diet last August and when the pounds started coming off, she hoped to find a means for keeping them off. The Challenge has delivered. Each week, through her enthusiastic involvement in a group activity, Lindsey feels a bit better, stronger, and faster. She has lost 28 pounds since August and 15 pounds in the last month and a half.

Asked about her accomplishments, Lindsey says, “I never knew that exercising could be fun before the Winter Fitness Challenge.  I needed to find something that would really change my lifestyle and anytime I can get hooked up with other people to exercise, it’s a great thing. The Challenge has been a blast.”

Through the Challenge, Lindsey also learned about the free Weigh and Win program http://www.weighandwin.com/ that is available to all Colorado residents. Through a program kiosk in Westminster, Lindsey weighs herself every week to track her progress. As she says, “It keeps me accountable and aware of how I’m doing in relation to my weight loss goals.” She recently won a $15 prize for participating and she used it toward the purchase of a heart rate monitor that will help ensure she is burning more calories per day than she is consuming; a key part of her ongoing efforts. Building on her personal success, Lindsey is branching out to others and creating a Weigh and Win team including four other moms. Together, they will compete against other teams striving to achieve collective weight loss goals. All participants are eligible for prizes.

Looking ahead to the spring, Lindsey is also exploring 5K or 10K running races that she hopes to do with new friends made through the Winter Fitness Challenge.  As she says, “I never knew that running could be so enjoyable. Getting out there with friends and doing it together just makes it a lot of fun.”

Keep up the great work Lindsey! You’re an inspiration.

Additional information on the Winter Fitness Challenge can be found at the link below.

http://www.wheatridge2020.org/community-residents/live-local/2013-winter-fitness-challenge/

Blog post gratefully supplied by Ted Heyd of LiveWell Wheat Ridge

 

 

 

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Comments (0) Feb 28 2013

Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38 A Great Success

On Sunday, December 8th, over 1,200 people came to the Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38.  The tree looks spectacular and seeing so many people shopping and dining on our main street was even better. Visit the Ridge at 38 website for more pictures and to keep updated on all the happenings on Ridge at 38.

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Thank you to the sponsors of the 2012 Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38: City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge Community Foundation, FirstBank, Ridge at 38 Leadership Committee, and the Wheat Ridge Business Association.

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Comments (0) Jan 02 2013

Thank You for Donating on Colorado Gives Day

Wheat Ridge 2020 wishes to thank all who contributed on Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, 2012.  The generous contributions of the 23 donors enables WR2020 to continue providing programs and services that help neighbors and businesses grow and revitalize Wheat Ridge.  You can continue to make your year-end tax deductible donation to WR2020 and your other favorite charities by visiting the Giving First website.

Coloradans made a spectacular show of support for their favorite local nonprofits on Dec, 4, the biggest day of giving in Colorado! More than 69,000 donations were received, ranging from $10 to $200,000, with one donor contributing more than $44,000 to 96 different charities!  Thanks to Community First Foundation, FirstBank, and everyone who made the 2013 Colorado Gives Day an outstanding success! 

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Live Local Dines at Clancy’s Irish Pub – January 17th

Help us kick off 2013 Live Local Dines at Clancy's Irish Pub on Thursday, January 17, 2013!   Please note the normal date change from the second Thursday to the third Thursday for the January event.

     Live Local Dines with Clancy's Irish Pub
     Thursday, January 17th, 2013
     5:00 – 7:00pm 
     Clancy's Irish Pub, 10117 West 37th Avenue, Wheat Ridge

Visit the Live Local Facebook page and Meetup group to stay up to date on all the Live Local Dines, Active, and Harvest activities.  Many exciting and fun activiites are planned for 2013!

Live Local Dines Wheat Ridge is a series of social events at Wheat Ridge businesses to help residents live locally and support local restaurants and business.  Live Local Dines is usually scheduled for the second Thursday of each month. If you would be interesed in hosting  a Live Local event, please contat WR2020 by email or phone to 720-259-1030.

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