What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

'Active Phoenixville Area' Aims To Get/Keep Us In Shape

Reader Tina Trager wrote me today to tell me about a great project she is coordinating. It is called 'Activate Phoenixville Area' which is a collaborative effort committed to changing the culture and environment within the community to foster healthier lifestyles.

From the flyer she forwarded to me:
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Our vision is to motivate all Phoenixville area residents toward healthy living...including children of all ages, adults, and seniors. We do this through a variety of programs and activities.

This important initiative is supported by the following COMMUNITY PARTNERS:


  • Phoenixville Education Foundation

  • Phoenixville Area School District

  • Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

  • Phoenixville Area YMCA

  • Phoenixville Hospital

  • Phoenixville Borough

  • Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Valley Forge Christian College

As you will see, this month, we have put together some "Heart Healthy Tips" to assist you in making choices that protect your cardiovascular system.

We encourage everyone to get started towards a healthy lifestyle by simply walking. To support you in this effort, Activate Phoenixville will provide each individual who registers with us a free pedometer that can be used to keep track of your steps each day. You may register by calling 610-917-9890 ext. 25 or by email at activatepville@pasd.com or by visiting our display table when you see us out in the community at an event. Once you register, you will be added to our database and kept informed of upcoming programs and activities. We will also email helpful information on a regular basis, including other "healthy living" tips.

In addition to moving more, we recommend the following:

  • Increase activity every day, including

    • Cardiovascular
    • Flexibility
    • Strength Training

  • Eat at least FIVE servings of fruits and vegetables every day

  • Limit your leisure screen time to 1 - 2 hours per day..tv, computer and video games

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Take time for rest –aim for 8 hours of sleep per day

  • And finally, take time to reduce stress through relaxing and play

We welcome ideas from community members for programs and activities. You may contact us at 610-917-9890 ext. 25 or by email activatepville@pasd.com.

So, please consider adopting healthy lifestyle habits and know that Activate Phoenixville Area is here to support and motivate you to...

Move more...and eat smart.

We do have a website which will be active in the near future, so please make a note and check back often. It is www.activatephoenixvillearea.org.
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