June 3, 2014
A summer challenge was issued by Charlottesville community leaders Monday to get people up and moving. Move2Health initially launched last fall, challenging residents to log 1 million minutes of physical activity before the end of the year.
As summer approaches, the Move2Health program is expanding with a hashtag campaign. The social media campaign using the hashtag #m2hSnackChat encourages everyone to take a picture of their healthy food choices and share them on online through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
"We think it's important for the entire community to get involved to increase their physical activity and improve their eating habits," said Christine Thalwitz, a spokesperson for ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers.
Obesity rates in the Thomas Jefferson Health District have decreased recently, but are still higher than the state average, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The district is composed of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.