Nebraskans can get active with WellPower 100 Challenge

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 5:25 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Was one of your goals for 2022 to get healthy? The Nebraska Sports Council has an easy way to encourage you to get moving.

Nebraskans still have time to sign up for the WellPower 100 Challenge where nearly 8,000 people have already registered as of Friday afternoon.

It’s a free web-based activity-tracking program conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council. It begins Monday, Jan. 17 and goes through the end of February.

The WellPower 100 Challenge encourages participants to log activity-miles for six weeks, earning virtual badges and qualifying for actual prize-drawings as they improve their health and wellbeing.

The Nebraska Sports Council’s Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said about 25 percent of the adults in the State have zero physical activity in the last year, beyond their normal day-to-day.

He said about a third of Nebraskans are overweight and those numbers have steadily gotten worse.

“People have gotten more sedentary and really need any help that they can get to be a catalyst of taking control of our own health a little bit more as much as we can anyway,” he said.

“We know that most of us need more physical activity, and most of us need a little help. The WellPower 100 Challenge provides a way to keep score and earn rewards over a time frame that turns occasional workouts into a daily routine,” he adds.

Mlnarik said those who log at least 100 miles will earn the WellPower 100 badge and qualify for the top-prize drawing. Top prizes, sponsored by Scheels, include a bike, a kayak, several modern fitness devices and several $100 gift cards. Mlnarik said there are also more than 200 lower-tier prizes and 500 virtual badges.

The WellPower Movement also offers a group function for companies and organizations to implement into their wellness program. Mlnarik said more than 300 companies have used the platform since it was created in 2017.

Mlnarik said they want people to get going and get plugged in from the beginning but there are still plenty of perks to be had and plenty of motivation to be gained anytime you sign on to the website

The WellPower 100 Challenge is the first of three prize challenges within the WellPower Movement, which allows enrollees free year-round access to the activity tracker.

The program is operated by the Nebraska Sports Council and funded by corporate partners, including Aquafina, Black Hills Energy, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, Liberty First Credit Union, Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Orthopaedic Center, Sandhills Global, Scheels, Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association, Unanimous, Medica, Tree Rush Adventures and CiShirts.

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