What You Need to Know About the Fitness
The Goals of the Fitness Challenge
To increase physical activity for adults (over the
age of 18) to a minimum of 30 minutes per day 6 to 7 days per week
and to increase physical activity for children (under the age of 18)
to at least 60 minutes per day 6 to 7 days per week. Strive to achieve 36 activity points during the 42 days of the challenge.
To increase fruit and vegetable consumption to at
least 5 cups per day. Strive for 210 fruit and vegetable points during the 42 days of the challenge. For more information about what counts as a cup, click here.
Note: For the number of cups recommended for your calorie level, click here.
Before You Begin:
|NOTE: Read the next two sections before beginning the
Most healthy people do not need to see a doctor
before they start a gradual program of physical activity. But do
talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program if you are
not used to energetic activity or have an illness such as asthma,
high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.
How the Fitness Challenge Works
The Fitness Challenge is a 6-week (or 42 day)
Anyone (regardless of age) who lives or works in Anne
Arundel County may sign up for the Challenge. Children under the age
of 13 must be signed up by a parent or guardian who grants
permission for participation.
To join the Fitness Challenge, County residents
enter their user name, age and zip code and complete a brief confidential
survey on a secure page. The member picks a password at that time.
All information used for the Challenge is confidential. It will not
be shared with any other group or agency. Information is used for
program evaluation purposes only. To log on to the Fitness
Challenge, click here.
As a member, you can log on to the website and using
your password, record the number of servings of fruits and
vegetables eaten that day and exercise points. You may enter your
data daily or weekly. Six weeks will be allowed to finish the Challenge (a total of 42 entries). One point will be scored for each
cup of fruit or vegetable consumed. A perfect score is “5” or more for a
day. The log will also include exercise. Thirty minutes of exercise
counts as 1 point for adults and 60 minutes of exercise or physical
activity counts as 1 point for a child under the age of 18. Exercise
or physical activity can be done all at one time or accumulated
throughout the day. Total points will be logged for each day.
What Counts as a Fruit or Vegetable for the Fitness
All fresh fruits and vegetables count for the Challenge.
- All canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables count (including beans). Cut back
on sugar, salt and fat. Prepare vegetables without margarine or
added oil. Serve salads with light or fat free salad dressing.
- All juices or juice blends that are 100% juice without added
sugar. Limit fruit juice to ½-1 cup a day especially for
children. Children need the calcium and nutrients that a glass of
low fat milk with meals provides.
- Be sure to count the
vegetables in soups, stews and casseroles. Make low fat choices.
- French fries and snack chips do not count as vegetables.
At the end of the Challenge you will see a report listing all of your points for the
length of the Challenge (total fruits and vegetables and exercise
points) and be given a follow up survey to complete. The goal is to achieve 36 activity points and 210 fruit and vegetable points
throughout the challenge. This equals 30 minutes of physical
activity 6 days a week for adults and 60 minutes of physical
activity a day 6 days a week for children and 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day for everyone. Upon completion of the challenge and meeting the goals, you will receive a certificate.