100 Days of Wellness Challenge Encourages Community Activity for All Ages

October 08, 2019
North Conway, NH -- Memorial Hospital Population Health staff recently awarded prizes and certificates to staff and community members who participated in this summer’s 100 Days of Wellness Challenge. Evidence shows that exercise and mindfulness makes a significant difference in the overall wellness of individuals.

Heather Phillips, Community Health and Let’s Go! Coordinator, says that the 100 Days of Wellness Challenge was designed to encourage activity and exercise for all ages, through accountability and community.

The challenge was developed by Memorial Hospital Let’s Go! Small Steps Initiative to coincide with the Gibson Center for Senior Services’ Age-Friendly Action Plan. Participants who enrolled and regularly documented their activities, diet and healthy habits were entered to win prizes in various population categories.

“There are many active people in the Mt. Washington Valley who run, hike, climb and participate in other athletic pursuits, but not everyone is as active as others. This challenge provided suggestions of local activities, such as walking trails, to encourage use of community resources,” said Heather Phillips. “The challenge will be an annual event, and next year we plan to include more group activities, so participants can buddy up if they prefer to work out in a group.”

Over 100 people registered and there were 50 participants who continued their wellness initiatives throughout the challenge period. Participants expressed that the challenge made them become more mindful of habits, helped them to achieve their personal goals and ultimately, resulted in them feeling better.

“I like to keep track of my progress,” said second place adult challenge winner and Memorial Hospital referral specialist, Robin Grady. “Progress encourages me to go to the next level. To increase my steps, I now always park the furthest away.”

Robin won a three-month membership to Integrity Health Coaching and Fitness. First place adult challenge winner, Caren Webber, won an annual membership to the Agiochook Aquatic Center.

First place youth challenge winners, Daniel and Jocelyn Morrill, won Story Land passes, while second place youth challenge winner Caisin Johns won a gift certificate to GetAir Portland.

Teen challenge winner, Malik Memia, won Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park tickets and a gift card for Amazon.com.

First place senior challenge winner Sue Vittum won a Moose Tour, while second place senior challenge winner, Sandy Ruka, won a Gibson Center Day Trip and a gift certificate to Polly’s Pancake Parlor.

Registration for next year’s challenge will launch in Spring 2020. In the interim, other health classes can be found at MemorialHospitalNH.org/healthclass.

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100 Days of Wellness Challenge winners are (front row) Carren Webber, first place (adult); Malik Memia, first place (teen); (back row) Sue Vittum, first place (senior); Heather Phillips, Community Health and Let’s Go! Coordinator, Memorial Hospital; Robin Grady, second place (adult). Winners not pictured include Daniel and Jocelyn Merrill, first place (under 12); Caisin Johns, second place (under 12); and Sandy Ruka, second place (senior).