We are fans of A Healthier Durham, the campaign that the Durham County Department of Public Health launched in October to, as the name says, make us healthier.
You can log your exercise and see not just how you are doing, but how the community is doing in pursuing healthier lifestyles.
While a couple of hundred residents have signed up since the program’s launch, that number is expected to balloon in February when Durham Public Schools joins the cause.
It’s a wonderful way to encourage kids to appreciate the importance of eating well and exercising. There will be competitions, and kids can log how much water they are drinking and how many fruits and veggies they are eating. The school system has found, according to DPS wellness coordinator Kate Turner, students who are fit perform better in the classroom. They simply feel better, she told Herald-Sun reporter Keith Upchurch.
Because of this initiative, we’ll be jogging over to DPS and the Department of Public Health to drop off this week’s Grit Award. We’re grateful to them for encouraging people of all ages to engage in being healthy.