During all the chaos surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, it's important to continue being active to manage our physical and emotional health. This year, Live Healthy Iowa Kids has expanded participation in "Go The Distance May" to include families and households, with a goal of reaching 30,000 Iowans.

Live Healthy Iowa brings together friends, families, businesses, and communities in team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change. In 2019, more than 180,000 adult and youth Iowans took part in a Live Healthy Iowa challenge or event.

This year's "Go The Distance May" event will provide a fun, free opportunity for families and households to get moving together Plus, Live Healthy Iowa will reward your efforts with prize drawings for participants.

Courtesy - Live Healthy Iowa
Courtesy - Live Healthy Iowa

Here's what you do:

1. Plan your 30-minute activity. Walking and running are great, but you can also get creative for this special event. Make your own fitness stations, build an obstacle course, plan an outdoor scavenger hunt, explore a nearby trail! Maybe even a dance party? (watch out for the awkward dance moves from Dad!)
2. Register on-line at livehealthyiowakids.org to be part of the statewide event
3. Share your registered activity on social media, tagging Live Healthy Iowa and using #GoTheDistanceMay, or submit photos via email to info@livehealthyiowa.org.

Go The Distance is open the entire month, so choose the day and time that works best for you. This sounds like a lot of fun for families. So, when "home schooling" gets to be too much, and the walls feel like they're closing in on you, get outside and "blow off some steam" with your family and celebrate having healthy kids. You'll be glad you did.

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