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Turtle Challenge aimed at getting community moving

By Wayne Allen

September 19, 2013

Wayne Allen


PDT Staff Writer


The 2013 Turtle Challenge, coordinated through The Center For Appalachian Philanthropy, is underway. One of the goals of the challenge is to encourage participants to develop a healthy lifestyle.


According to Turtle Challenge information, “Most people know the story of the tortoise and the hare. Well, while turtles might be slow, moving steadily in the right direction can get to the goal. We have many turtles in our county and we want to quit being last. This challenge is an eight-week physical activity program for people who live or work in Scioto County. The goal is to increase physical activity routines and encourage fitness among residents. The Turtle Challenge is not a one-day event like other walks or runs. Instead the goal is to steadily increase levels of activity over an eight-week period.”


According to Sharon Carver, Chairperson of the Scioto County Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, the Turtle Challenge is a good thing for the community because, “We are looking for effective ways ways to get people moving more.”


In the 2013 County Health Rankings, Scioto County ranks 88th out of the 88 counties in Ohio for health outcomes and health factors.


According to challenge information, “Community health leaders identify obesity as one of the top health concerns which needs to be addressed in our county.”


Officials with the challenge are recommending each participant aim to walk 150 minutes each week of the challenge.


Carver said this the second year for the challenge.


“We think we had great success last year, we had about 400 people registered. We had teams from every sector of the community. We had church teams, business teams and family teams. Many of the teams walked all eight weeks,” Carver said.


Carver said thus far for this year’s challenge has 370 people registered


She said it’s not too late to form a team and join in the challenge.


“We will likely be registering people interested in participating in the challenge for another week,” Carver said.


For more information about the Turtle Challenge visit The Center For Appalachian Philanthropy at 513 Second Street in Portsmouth or call 740-876-4262.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.