Rebekah E. Gee, MD, MPH
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Own Your Own Health Just Added New Spring Challenges!

National Minority Health Month Active & Healthy Challenge 


As part of its observance of National Minority Health Month (April), the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) today launched the Active & Healthy Challenge to encourage individuals, especially racial and ethnic minorities, to work physical activity into their daily and weekly schedules. This Challenge is nationwide and open to everyone that wants to start a new healthy active lifestyle!

The theme for National Minority Health Month is Active & Healthy, and OMH is inviting everyone to make regular physical activity a part of their lives and help reduce their risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The Active & Healthy Challenge will is designed to promote the newly released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and the Move Your Way Campaign from the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Walking, running, biking, dancing, swimming, exercise and other physical activity will be measured by converting the activities into steps.  This Challenge begins April 1st! 

New Orleans Moving With the Mayor Physical Activity Challenge! 

The Own Your Own Health Physical Activity and Nutrition Challenge (OYOH) allows fitness enthusiasts or anyone seeking a lifestyle change to create a public or private challenge(s) free of charge!  Participants can earn points through exercise, weight loss, healthy eating selections and then track their progress through the OYOH online wellness center. Again, there is no cost to get started! If you would like a Private Challenge, just choose one of two challenges below or both and send us an e-mail at or call us 225-342-4886. You can also reach us toll free at 1-866-562-9015 outside of Baton Rouge and our OYOH staff will create a tailor-made challenge just the way you like it! NOTE: Before beginning any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your doctor.


After choosing your Challenge, download our Own Your Own Health Training Manual and follow the easy steps to a healthy active lifestyle. Click here for Sign Up Instructions. 

Physical Activity

You can form teams or individual participants can compete in a web-based competition tracking the number of "steps" achieved each week. Each week team members will report their step count in an effort to move their team up the challenge leader board. We have two Team Step Challenge categories: 

1. 2019 Team Steps Challenge for 10 Members or Less

2. 2019 Team Steps Challenge for 11 Members or More

Weight Loss

In the OYOH Weight Loss challenge, participants can have unlimited number of people on a team. This challenge calculates the average number of pounds lost per person for a team. Participants can compete individually in the open competition as well.

Sign up by yourself or with a team and create an online profile! For Teams in your challenge: Captains sign up first and add their team members following the instructions online. Then, every team member signs up and completes the profile page. If there is an existing team you want to join, you can do that through the website also


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