Residents encouraged to take a 50-day challenge to better health

TAYLOR COUNTY—The West Virginia University Extension Office is encouraging residents to stay healthier over the holiday, with their Holiday Health Challenge: 50 Days of Health and Happiness.

The organization’s challenge kicks off on Monday, November 15, and is a free six-week incentive-based program that rewards participants for being active and making healthier choices in the kitchen.

The program dares individuals to lead a healthier lifestyle by consuming 64 or more ounces of water each day, taking at least 5,000 steps, eating a minimum of three servings of fruits and vegetables, clearing their minds to focus on just one thing by engaging in 15 minutes of mindfulness per day and being sure to practice self-care every day for a minimum of 15 minutes.

For each task completed by participants, they will be rewarded with five points. Contestants are responsible for keeping track of their own earned points on a chart that will be sent via email. 

Each week, a survey will be sent for contenders to record their weekly activity and submit to the program organizers.

While this program serves as a great opportunity to stay active, it can also serve as an outlet to anyone who may be struggling with the dreaded wintertime blues. 

4-H Program Assistant and Extension Service worker Sheila Westfall says that the Holiday Health Challenge is more than just eating right and exercising. It is a program designed for the participants complete overall health and well-being.

“We’re also working on putting together some group activities like walking, yoga, and meditation,” she noted.

She went on to say that it is her mission to make the Holiday Health Challenge fun for all those involved rather than it being a inconvenient chore. 

She also encourages those who may be considering in joining the program to grab a buddy or a family member to take part, as well, saying that using the buddy system helps keep people engaged and motivated. 

And while the challenge will wrap up on January 3, it is her hope that the group will stick together in the New Year to continuing supporting one another moving forward as they seek better health in 2022.

“This Challenge is open to people of all ages. Anyone under 18 will just need a parent or guardian to sign off on their participation,” Westfall noted. “Prizes will be given to top point earners.”

The deadline to register is Monday, November 15, and may be done by visiting

Westfall suggests that anyone participating joins the Taylor County Walks Facebook page for additional information. The page can be found at or searching Talk County Walks.


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