Crook County On The Move initiative launches monthly program to keep residents outdoors and active

Keep moving!

That is what Crook County On The Move is challenging locals to do for the coming summer and early fall months.

The Keep Moving Challenge is designed to encourage movement and social interaction for all local residents, regardless of current physical condition. Each month, new challenges will be available, continuing through October. Challenges are themed and targeted for a variety of activity levels and interests.

"It's exciting to see this 'movement' around movement grow in our community," said Donna Barnes, team leader of the Keep Moving subcommittee. "The connections between businesses, organizations and our community keep growing as we work together to inspire life-long healthy habits and personal rejuvenation."

The Crook County On The Move initiative grew from Crook County's unsuccessful bid to become a Blue Zone community. It is intended to make healthy lifestyle choices easy and fun for Crook County residents, with the goal to improve wellness in the community through a collective impact movement engaging regional organizations and community members to promote healthy activities, awareness and accessibility to simple lifestyle changes that improve overall health.

The Keep Moving Challenge will utilize bingo cards with squares representing the different activities for each month. Participants select which activities they'd like to complete, and they are encouraged to post photos at activity locations on social media. As participants reach "bingo," they can turn their cards in at the pickup locations or email cards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entry into prize drawings.

"Blackouts" will be entered in a grand prize drawing at the end of the challenge period. A "like" to Crook County On The Move on Facebook, along with posting photos of challenge accomplishments, will give participants extra chances to win. Drawings will take place at the midpoint and end of each month.

The bingo cards for June are available now on the Crook County On The Move website, and hard copies can be found at several locations throughout the community, including the Ochoco National Forest office, OSU Extension office, Prineville Athletic Club, ShowUp Fitness, CrossFit, Good Bike Co., the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, and the Humane Society of the Ochocos.

The theme of the Keep Moving Challenge's first month is "Take a Walk on the Wild Side." It features a variety of movement activities to suit all fitness levels in natural, outdoor settings in and around Prineville, as well as places to focus on fitness, refresh and refuel.

"The June activities are going to stretch me," said Stacey Forson, subcommittee member. "I've never played Frisbee golf or volunteered to walk a dog at the Humane Society. This challenge has inspired me to think about movement differently and to get out there and try some new things."

In addition to getting locals active, the activities are intended to encourage neighborhood and community social connections and multigenerational walking. To that end, the Ochoco National Forest is a partner, and is encouraging visitation and recreation on the forest and grassland surrounding Prineville.

"The Keep Moving Challenge helps us raise the visibility of Crook County On The Move to community members as well partner businesses and organizations," said Dannielle Ramos, subcommittee member. "We are including events around the area as activities to enhance and grow networking opportunities across Crook County."

Local businesses are also invited to participate in the Keep Moving Challenge by designing and offering activities for each month, emphasizing Crook County On The Move's pillars of Keep Moving, Be Nourished and Stay Refreshed.

For example, restaurants may choose to offer or highlight special healthy food choices or beverage options for participants. Athletic centers are encouraged to participate by offering a challenge activity. Event directors can include Keep Moving Challenge information in swag bags and through announcements. Partners can design fun activities which promote outdoor exploration and natural area stewardship.

Themes are not yet assigned to the coming months of the Challenge, but Barnes expects some activities to repeat while new ones will likely incorporate local events scheduled for that month.

So far, the new program has hit the ground running, and Crook County On The Move leaders hope to see more people embrace the Challenge as the summer continues forward.

"There is participation," Barnes said. "People are enjoying it."

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