"Move 2 Health" Gets Off to Successful Start

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With each passing day, Charlottesville and surrounding counties are moving one step closer toward better health. The "Move 2 Health" campaign is making huge strides, and now the program is using a mobile application to keep pushing the progress.

As of Tuesday, more than 400,000 minutes of activity have been logged, which means we're moving closer to the halfway mark. The campaign is confident reaching the ultimate goal is just a matter of download, point, and click.

"We're thrilled about the progress," said Elizabeth Beasley, Move 2 Health partner from the Virginia Department of Health - Thomas Jefferson Health District. 

With just a little more than two weeks in, the numbers for the Move 2 Health campaign are inching closer to a million minutes.

"We've gotten 1,200 individuals to sign up. We've also gotten over 100 organizations to sign up and participate," said Beasley.

Not bad for a first-time initiative that, as of Tuesday, has already logged more than 430,000 minutes of activity. But campaign leaders say it's important to strike while the iron is hot and add something new.

"We want it to be easy for people to go and log their minutes," said Beasley.

Now, there's an app for that. Move 2 Health participants can use all the features they see on the website conveniently on the go for both Google and Apple devices.

"You have a very easy way to log your minutes when you finish your activities. You don't have to wait until you get home or the next time you're in front of the computer," said Beasley.

Move 2 Health says convenience, and even setting an example by having group walks, helps keep people interested and motivated to move more.

"A lot of us have desk jobs and it's easy to get sucked in behind your desk all day long, but some organizations are lucky enough to get breaks during the day and we're really trying to use those breaks to get moving," said Beasley.

Move 2 Health is also in the process of coming up with a photo contest where people can show how they are moving more.

There is still plenty of time to sign up. The campaign ends on December 31. 

For more information on the campaign or to sign up, click here.