St. Croix Valley communities powered up for a week of fun

5/18/2017


May 18, 2017

Amery, Wis. – Eating better and moving more was the name of the game at PowerUp Week (May 5-13).

Communities across the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin were inspired to take part in PowerUp festivities ranging from a Cinco de Mayo family triathlon and veggie giveaways to an animal hike, geocaching event and birthday celebrations in honor of Chomp, the larger-than-life PowerUp superhero carrot.

In Amery, Wis., the week kicked off on Saturday, May 6 with the PowerUp Family 2K, which attracted more than 150 children and family members, and Chomp’s fourth birthday party at the Amery Library. A PowerUp scavenger hunt and fruit and vegetable stamp art were popular at the Amery Library event, while Chomp the PowerUp superhero got participants warmed up ahead of the family 2K.

PowerUp is a community-wide initiative to make it easy, fun and popular to eat better and move more so that kids can grow up healthy. PowerUp works in partnership with schools, businesses, health care, civic groups and families.

By the end of PowerUp Week 2017 – the third annual event:

  • More than 1,700 people took part in PowerUp Week activities in communities from Mahtomedi, Minnesota, to Amery, Wisconsin
  • 220 children and families walked, ran and rolled in the PowerUp Family 2K (Amery) and PowerUp Family Cinco de Mayo Triathlon (Stillwater)
  • 225 bags of free vegetables were given away at events in Mahtomedi, Amery and Somerset
  • 150 children attended Chomp’s fourth birthday party at four library celebrations in Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Amery and Somerset
  • 185 people moved and grooved at five dance parties and open gym events in Hudson, Amery, Somerset and Stillwater

 “PowerUp Week is a special week for everyone to celebrate with fun ways to eat better, move more and create strong, healthy communities,” said Marna Canterbury, Director of Community Health at Lakeview Hospital. “I was thrilled to see the energy and excitement at the activities this year and hope that people will be inspired to continue finding fun ways to be active and eat well throughout the year.”

There’s still time to submit delicious, kid-approved fruit- and veggie-inspired recipes in the 2017 Power Chef Recipe Contest. The full details and rules are at powerup4kids.org/powerrecipecontest. Closing date is May 26, 2017.



About PowerUp

PowerUp is a community-wide youth health initiative to it easy, fun and popular to eat better and move more, so that youth can reach their full potential. PowerUp is a long-term commitment to create change over 10 years in partnership with schools, businesses, health care, civic groups, families, kids, and the entire community. It is supported by a designated fund of the Lakeview Health Foundation in partnership with HealthPartners. It operates across the St. Croix Valley in the region served by the area HealthPartners hospitals and clinics (Amery Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater Medical Group and Westfields Hospital & Clinic). Partner programs in the Twin Cities (YumPower) and White Bear Lake (BearPower) make a similar difference in their communities.

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