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Pleasanton Weekly

- August 24, 2012

Chamber backing 'Healthy Habits Challenge'

Program encouraging everyone to live healthier, happier lives.

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has launched a Healthy Habits Challenge in an effort to brand Pleasanton as one of the healthiest places to live, work and raise a family.

The program, being co-sponsored by the city of Pleasanto, is engaging businesses, individuals and families in a challenge that runs through Sept. 9 to encourage everyone to live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

April Mitchell, marketing director for the Alameda County Fair and this year's chairwoman of the Pleasanton Chamber, said the challenge is this: Adopt one new healthy habit and practice it for 30 days.

In turn, she said, these healthy habits should increase personal and workplace productivity, help prevent chronic conditions that are often the result of poor habits and beat back the rising costs of healthcare.

"We've been thrilled at the response," Mitchell said.

"The city of Pleasanton has almost 60 participants walking for 30 minutes every day for 30 days while the Alameda County Fair staff has launched a competition amongst themselves to drink more water, walk, cut back on caffeine, and eat more vegetables," she added.

The Pleasanton Chamber staff is walking daily for 20 minutes and the Pleasanton Unified School District will be offering "Meatless Mondays" on their K-5 school lunch menus.

ClubSport Pleasanton and Tuff Girl Fitness have donated prizes for individual participants and companies to win throughout the program.

For more information or to sign up, sign on to the chamber's special website at www.pleasanton.org/healthyhabits.

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