From Healthy IU
By Julie Newsom
This fall, get moving for a great cause! Join the “Sustain and Move IU!” Challenge to explore everyday physical activities that benefit our health and the environment.
The three-week challenge starts October 8, and it’s open to all members of the IU community—faculty, staff, spouses, and students across the state. Each week of the challenge focuses on one form of sustainable physical activity— walking, bicycling, and carpooling/busing.
It’s free to participate, and full-time faculty/staff and their spouses are eligible to receive a portable walking/biking LED light as a challenge incentive. Everyone who signs up will receive activity ideas via e-mail each week, and can pick two to try.
The activities for the challenge were thoughtfully selected to be small steps that can be done by anyone, anywhere. Ideas include: holding a walking meeting, learning about bicycle safety, carpooling to lunch, and many more. The challenge also includes activity ideas for participants who do not have walking, bicycling, or carpooling/busing available to them.
“Sustain and Move IU!” is a partnership between Healthy IU, Indiana University’s workplace wellness program, and Sustain IU, which seeks to encourage every Hoosier to play a role in creating a living legacy, committed to a sustainable future for all.
“Many of us know the benefits physical activity brings to our brains and our bodies. But it’s also one of the most important pieces of keeping our planet healthy, too,” said Patty Hollingsworth, Healthy IU director. “This challenge sheds light on that connection, celebrating your contribution to both self-care and planet-care.”
Interim University Director of Sustainability Andrew Predmore notes that a focus on connection and collaboration is crucial to any sustainability effort. “Sustain IU is committed to working to provide—and improve—alternative transportation options across IU for the health of the campus and all who call it home,” said Predmore. “Each year, we work with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff on numerous programs to encourage a thriving campus; our partnership with Healthy IU is a perfect example of how sustainability and health and well-being are paramount to that goal.”
Page updated: September 2018
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