Guthrie Challenges the Community to Take Part in the 62 Challenge

Guthrie is challenging patients, employees and members of the community to stay active this summer with the 62 Challenge. The challenge is to complete 62 miles in 62 days – one mile a day during the months of July and August. The challenge encourages the community to get active by heading outdoors, exploring the area, and involving family, friends, and neighbors.

Guthrie has created a website www.62challenge.org where people can go to get information on local walking trails, healthy recipes, and other ideas on how to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. Guthrie has also created a free MyFitnessPal group for the challenge, where participants can log in and share their success. This can be accessed on the website.

Dr. Verlyn Warrington of the Guthrie Weight Loss Center said: “Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to remaining in good health. One of the factors associated with obesity is a sedentary lifestyle. In addition to its weight-related benefits, physical activity plays an important role in keeping bones healthy, positively impacts mood, anxiety and stress, and is a fun way for families, friends and communities to bond."

Participants in the challenge pledge to log a mile a day from July 1 to Aug. 31, for a total of 62 miles in 62 days. All forms of physical activity are eligible, from walking and running to biking or swimming. Participants can also use the hashtag #62Challenge on Facebook to share their success.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 22 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.