The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week to receive important health benefits. Portage County offers a myriad of opportunities to help meet that goal.
Wisconsin adults need to get moving. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week to receive important health benefits. The most recent data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems of self-reported physical activity minutes by Wisconsin adults show we have a way to go. Only half of the adults in our state responded that they get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Even more concerning, almost a quarter of Wisconsin adults got no physical activity at all within the month prior to the survey.
Fortunately, over 80 Portage County residents have committed to reversing the physical inactivity trend in our community by participating in Portage County CAN’s Move to Improve program. Move to Improve and its sister program, Move to Improve Family Edition, kicked off last week offering program participants the support and motivation needed to get and stay physically active this summer. Through partnerships with community physical activity facilities like the Stevens Point Area YMCA, Adventure 212, and Anytime Fitness, Move to Improve participants can try each gym over the course of the 10 week program. “These programs help Portage County residents become familiar with the opportunities for physical activity right in their own backyard,” Ryan Schilling of Portage County CAN said.
Of course, physical activity doesn’t only happen at the gym. Portage County offers a myriad of physical activity opportunities to help toward meeting the CDC recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity each week. A trip to the park, bike ride on the Green Circle Trail, or even a walk around the neighborhood can help anyone achieve their physical activity goals. Visit the Portage County CAN website for a calendar of low- or no-cost opportunities to increase your physical activity minutes. “Portage County CAN promotes physically active lifestyles and healthy food choices,” said Gary Garske, Public Health Planner for Portage County. “By helping residents be more aware of healthy opportunities in our community, we pave the way for a healthier community overall.”