(5-29-20) Mercer Health and Community Sports and Therapy Center are partnering to offer a Healthy Waves Challenge to motivate and encourage the community to be more physically active this summer. The challenge requires participants to complete 1,020 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity for from June 1 to July 12.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site recommends that adults complete at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week for substantial health benefits, such as reducing stress levels, boosting the immune system, improving sleep and preventing weight gain. Jennifer Bills, Certified Personal Trainer and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Mercer Health, recommends engaging in physical activity while staying safe and adhering to social distancing guidelines. “There are numerous ways one can stay active while also staying safe: outdoor activities such as running, walking, biking and hiking, family exercises, online fitness resources, virtual classes, relay races with kids-the options really are endless.”

Official entry forms and challenge rules can be found here or at cstcenter.com. Completed entry forms must be submitted by July 20th to be eligible for prizes. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Please contact Mandy Wendel at 419-678-5247 or mwendel@mercer-health.com or Stacy Schwieterman at 419-678-5125 or sschwieterman@cstcenter.com for more information.