Recreation Dept. seeks participation in ‘Own Your Own Health’ Challenge

The City of Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Department is participating in the Own Your Own Health fitness challenge and are asking businesses, community groups, schools, and residents to join in.  The Own Your Own Health Challenge is a 3-month competition that encourages Louisianans to develop healthy activity and eating habits.  The challenge takes place Jan. 23 – April 23.

Participants are encouraged to form teams of up to 10 people, or they can participate as individuals.  Kids and teens may have as many team members as they like.  Teams will compete locally against other teams from the Natchitoches area, and Natchitoches teams will then challenge other teams statewide.

“The challenge is a physical activity and weight loss challenge that is mostly team based,” said Chris Laurence, City of Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Director.  “I think this will be a fun and free way to get people competing and get them moving. We want everyone to grab their friends, family, and co-workers and let’s get healthy.”

Teams and individual participants can compete in the Physical Activity Challenge, Weight Loss Challenge, or both.  The Physical Activity Challenge tracks how many steps/miles you walk, while the Weight Loss Challenge tracks how much weight you lose.

Participants will have chances to win prizes and incentives each week of the competition and will receive activity, nutrition and recipe tips via email.  Participants will also have access to a personalized online dashboard to track progress, team leader boards, personalized meal plans and customized workouts.  “Everything is tracked online and teams can compare themselves and see how they are doing against other teams,” added Laurence.

Registration for the Own Your Own Health Challenge can be completed online at | WebSite |.  Those interested can also receive more information by emailing or call (866) 562-9015.