Elmira- Chemung County residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds turned to a program that demonstrated what most of us already know about getting healthy, but have a hard time admitting: if we eat well and move more, good things will happen.
“Step It Up” is a walking program done in partnership by the Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, YWCA, Fidelis, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, CCE, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, and other community partners. Participants register at the beginning of a six-week program, taking part in screenings of their blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, BMI, body fat, and details of their current eating habits. They are emailed weekly newsletters and offered opportunities to walk at various parks throughout the County. A mid-event check in was held offering nutrition education from CCE.
The program was offered in the spring of 2016 as a free community walking campaign. Participants attended a final event where they were rescreened, offered a dance lesson from Amy Bush of Dancer’s Alley, and were eligible for prizes. Analyzing before and after numbers among those who finished the program found that participants were making healthier food choices and increasing their physical activity levels.
|| After |
| I do at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical
activity 5 times a week.
| I eat fried foods 3 or more times a week.
| I eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
| I eat fast food at least 3 times per week.
| I do light to moderate physical activity in my leisure time, or
walking at work.
Over 63% of participants lost weight and one stepper lost 13 pounds! Step It Up organizers want to thank all those that participated.