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‘Burst Your Thirst’ with Live Healthy Iowa challenge

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:49 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:50 a.m. CST

AMES — Water is a vital component of our bodies, necessary to flush out toxins, carry nutrients and maintain soft, clear skin. Live Healthy Iowa’s 4th annual “Burst Your Thirst” Challenge motivates Iowans to team up with friends, family or co-workers to hydrate for a healthy body and an active summer. 

June 17 marks the kick-off of this year’s “Burst Your Thirst” Challenge. Create a team of two to 10 Iowans and register now at www.livehealthyiowa.org.

“I was able to give up pop completely and because of this, I have lost over 17 pounds!” Kristy Gaunitz, 2012 “Burst Your Thirst” participant, said. 

Another 2012 participant, Luann Rowat of Des Moines, attributes her heightened sense of well-being to drinking 72 oz. of water each day.

Throughout the six-week challenge, Iowans compete in a web-based competition tracking water consumption and minutes of physical activity. 

Each member will report their personal weekly total in an effort to accumulate points and move their team up the challenge leaderboard. 

Registration for “Burst Your Thirst” is $8 per participant and each will receive a challenge water bottle, a weekly email, healthy recipes and activity ideas, access to a personal tracking page, fitness tips on the Live Healthy Iowa website and opportunities to win Subway gift cards, tickets to the Iowa State Fair and more!

This year marks the fourth year for the “Burst Your Thirst” Challenge. In 2012, over 5,000 Iowans participated on 920 teams representing 97 Iowa counties. 

Participants consumed 8.8 million ounces of water and logged 10.9 million minutes of physical activity.