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Polk County is ‘Challenged!’ in 2020

Health Coalition Sponsors Annual ‘Challenge,’ Adds A Virtual Turkey Trot 5-K


In more ways than one, the citizens of Polk County, NC, are being challenged to be healthy in 2020.

As in past years, Polk County Health & Wellness Coalition, a nonprofit agency, is challenging citizens to improve their health in several creative ways.

“We want people -- for their own health -- to get moving,” the agency’s Executive Director Haley Suskauer said. “One of the simplest and easiest ways to improve health is to move more. This year, we want people to challenge themselves and others to get up and get moving.”


All Polk County businesses, organizations, families, and any other group are asked to form four-member teams, where the participants can encourage and hold each other accountable. The eight-week Wellness Challenge will begin October 1 and end the week of Thanksgiving.


To keep track of each member’s activity, there is a simple online form that each team leader will fill out at the end of each week with the team's total “active minutes.” Team members will log their daily minutes that their team leader will use to report a weekly tally. The Coalition will publish a leaderboard each week on Facebook. “Active minutes” is defined as any intentional exercise that lasts more than 10 consecutive minutes.

"Any type of 10-minute exercise counts!” Suskauer said. “The most important thing is to get active and move more! Holding each other accountable is a very important part of any team's success.” Deadline to register for the Wellness Challenge is September 30.


All active participants will be eligible for prize drawings to be held throughout the eight-week Wellness Challenge.

A new addition to the Coalition's focus on Wellness this fall is the first ever virtual Turkey Trot 5-K Run/Walk. “This is a separate and optional event, but it can be a great goal and celebration event for participants of the Wellness Challenge to end their eight-week challenge,” Suskauer said.

“Within the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-28), participants in the Turkey Trot will complete — at their convenience — a 5-K run or walk,” she continued. “Participants can use the Wellness Challenge during October and early November as training for the Turkey Trot. That would work out beautifully.”

To participate in the Turkey Trot, there is a $25 fee, and each participant will get a harvest gold T-shirt with the event’s logo and a 5-K medal. Anyone may register. Participation in the Wellness Challenge is recommended but not required to join the virtual 5-K Run/Walk. Turkey Trot registration will close on October 30. To register online, Click Here.

Click these links to register…

Wellness Challenge Registration link

5k Turkey Trot Registration link

Please pay the $25 Turkey Trot registration fee by clicking here.


• Wellness Challenge Registration… Sept. 30

• Turkey Trot Registration… Oct. 30