Together, we are the solution

By Michelle Jenck, 2016 Year of Wellness Coordinator

The 2016 Year of Wellness (YOW) Challenge is off to a great start! As you may have noticed, this is not your ordinary fitness tracking tool. Rather than following a one-size-fits-all formula, the YOW Challenge empowers participants to embark on their own journey. The resources provided on our website identify ideal health behaviors based on current scientific evidence. Everyone is at a different point along their path toward meeting these ideal behaviors. The YOW Challenge will help people gauge where they are beginning their journey and provide the guidance and motivation to achieve meaningful results.

There are many tools and resources available to help people achieve their health and wellness goals. Watch our News page for information on how to set achievable goals in each health category. Mark your calendar to attend “Tillamook Talks” health education events. Visit our Community Partners and Monthly Movers to learn more about the professional resources available to help you on your journey toward better health. When you are actively engaged in improving your own health, you are far more likely to be successful. Determine what fits your lifestyle and personality best and use that as your starting point.

We have added a link to a tracking template that will help people log their daily choices and make it easier to determine their weekly averages in each category. While daily tracking and log-in is ideal, it isn’t always realistic. To ensure increased success and a level playing field, participants will only need to log results on a weekly basis. The general idea is to determine your current level of activity in each health category and work to improve it toward the ideal.

Points are awarded to incentivize meeting the recommended ideals in each health category. As an individual reaches those ideals, scores will hit a cap. This not intended to punish overachievers by any means but to increase opportunities for everyone to be successful. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the team with the highest points. Individuals with top scores and most improved scores will be awarded prizes. Prize categories are being finalized and will be announced soon. Additionally, prize donations are welcome.

Are You In? Visit www.tillamookcountyhealthmatters.org to join the challenge – Together, we are the solution.