(10/21/20) RUSTON, La. — Lincoln Parish residents have the opportunity to win prizes for getting active during the month of November.
LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed, LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities and Lincoln Parish Library are partnering to bring MOVEmber to Lincoln Parish residents. MOVEmber is a monthlong challenge during which participants can track their physical activity to earn points and enter a drawing for prizes.
“The concept for MOVEmber sparked when LSU AgCenter extension agent Cathy Judd shared another ‘Let's Move in Libraries’ program with me. The ideas of creating a similar program for Lincoln Parish started rolling from there,” said Jeremy Bolom, head of public service and assistant director for the Lincoln Parish Library.
“One thing we wanted was to make it possible and easy for everyone in the parish to participate in MOVEmber,” Judd said. “Official MOVEmber walking sites in each town will be identified by yard signs.”
Participants can join the MOVEmber challenge by registering at www.bit.ly/lincolnmoves or picking up a paper flyer at the Lincoln Parish Library or the AgCenter extension office in Ruston. Those who register online can track their progress and earn points for activities, including walking, biking, yoga, raking leaves, walking the dog and any other activity that gets them moving.
“Although this online system was developed with reading in mind, it is easily adaptable to the concept of minutes moved,” Bolom said. “It also makes the program accessible from anywhere while on the go.”
Each 15-minute activity earns 15 points. Participants who earn at least 100 points will be entered into a drawing to win prizes such as a $50 gift certificate, an air fryer and a healthy cookbook.
“Healthier living is an important topic for all citizens, and public libraries are dedicated to the success of our communities in all areas of life,” Bolom added. “I'm thrilled to offer this program to our parish, not only to encourage exercise and movement during November, but also as a new way to connect with members of the community.”
“Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a magic pill for our health. It helps with everything from high blood pressure, cognitive health and depression to reducing risk for many forms of cancer,” said Jessica Stroope, AgCenter physical activity specialist. “Libraries and extension make great partners to promote physical activity and help communities achieve better health for all.”
LSU AgCenter extension agent Cathy Judd leads physical activity with students at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary prior to the pandemic. LSU AgCenter photo
Students at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary learned about physical activity during a “Let’s Eat for the Health of It” lesson with LSU AgCenter extension agent Cathy Judd. Part of the lesson was showing them how physical activity can be fun with equipment like hula hoops and jump ropes. LSU AgCenter photo