Thursday, June 13, 2013

Durham County Library and Durham County Department of Public Health

Bookish types aren't usually fanatical fitness types... or are they?

Durham County Library and the Department of Public Health are daring residents to take the ChallengeWave – a four-week, community-wide fitness program that will pit library patrons against each other as they compete to cross the United States in a virtual race from June 15 through July 15.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to get our community moving toward a healthier lifestyle,” said Willa Robinson Allen, Health Promotion & Wellness, Program Manager for the Department of Public Health. “Earlier this year we had our county departments compete against each other using ChallengeWave. The program was such a success that we decided to open it up to the public. This is the first time this interactive online tool will be used in a community, and we expect that residents will have as much fun and increase their fitness as much as staff did.”

A maximum of 25 competitors per library can sign up for each team. Participating libraries are: Main, East Regional, North Regional, South Regional and Southwest Regional. Competitors will track and record any type of fitness activity online – either by distance or time – as they represent their favorite library. The team that travels the most virtual miles will win a trophy.

“ChallengeWave is part of our Summer Reading Program for adults,” Tammy Baggett, library director, said. “We’re challenging patrons to dig into reading and fitness – to train their brains by reading, and then train their bodies by participating in ChallengeWave. Competitors who sign up for Summer Reading as well can win additional prizes for attending library fitness programs like Zumba, yoga and line dancing.”

Those interested in participating can get more information about ChallengeWave by calling Willa Robinson Allen at 919-560-7771, by visiting online or by signing up directly at the ChallengeWave website using the invite code: DCLibrary13.

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