Welcome to the FitWorth Fall Challenge!
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Fruits and veggies are one of the best ways to cub diet-related diseases. The Federal Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat 5 servings a day, but most of us get less than half! That's why we're launching the FitWorth Fall Challenge running October 1st-30th!
Beginning October 1st, school kids across Fort Worth, TX are going to strive to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables as day. Do you think our adults can do better? Take up the challenge and be a role model for health.
How to join:
- Step 1: Download the Foodstand App.
- Step 2: Sign up with the invite code FITWORTH18
- Step 3: Select your school or if you’re not a family member or teacher at a school, select “Community Member.” If you selected a school, choose whether you are a family member or a teacher at that school.
- Step 4: Hit Sign up
- Step 5: Do a sample challenge of avoiding soda for 10 seconds. Do a sample check-in by drawing a check mark with your finger on the green screen
- Step 6: Hit “Accept Challenge” and you’ll automatically be connected to others in your team - either community members of your school group.
If you already have the Foodstand App on your phone, use the following instructions 1. Step 1: Open the app and tap on the orange Challenge tab (2nd tab) 2. Step 2: Tap the settings icon in the top right corner and tap Change Challenge. Then Tap “Have a code?” 3. Step 3: Enter the invite code FITWORTH18 4. Step 4: Select your school or if you’re not a family member or teacher at a school, select “Community Member.” If you selected a school, choose whether you are a family member or a teacher at that school. 5. Step 5 Hit “Accept Challenge” and you’ll automatically be connected to others in your team - either community members of your school group.
If you have any questions on how to sign up, please email is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Participate
- Check in every day - Record a ‘check mark’ for each serving of fruits and veggies you eat each day. Be sure to check in each day because you can only go back one day. You can also record how many minutes of phsycial activity you completed each day.
- Make it through 5 levels - The challenge lasts 30 days, broken down into 5 levels. Once you succeed at a level, you’ll move up to the next one, which will be just a bit longer. Level 1 is only 1 day.
- Use free passes as you need them - Each level comes with free passes, so if you don’t hit your target one day, that’s ok! You’re still in the game and should keep up the next day.
- Check in on buddies and your team’s standings - The purple “buddies” tab shows you how your team is doing relative to other teams, and how your teammates are doing. Send them encouragement from this page.
- Share what you know and learn from others - Use the Red “Community” tab to share wins, questions, and ideas with fellow participants.
How Long is the Challenge?
The Challenge lasts 30 days. We break that down to 5 levels: - Level 1: 1 day - Level 2: 3 days - Level 3: 5 days - Level 4: 7 days - level 5: 14 days
Each level comes with free passes. You’ll use a free pass if you don’t hit your target of 5 fruits and veggies on a given day.
- How do I ‘check in’? To check in, open the Foodstand app. The app should open onto the green check-in screen (or tap the green check mark in the bottom navigation). Use your finger to draw a check mark on the green screen to record a check in.
- Can I undo a check-in? Yes. To undo a check-in from today, simply tap the small ‘x’ in the top right corer of the recorded checks along the top of the green check in screen. To undo a check-in from any time earlier, go to your profile, tap on the challenge stats tile and you’ll see a detailed log of all your check-ins. Tap on the check-in you’d like to remove. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Delete check-in”
- What is a free pass? - We don’t believe you need to be perfect, so free passes are used for days that you don’t hit your target. Each level comes with a number of free passes. You’ll see how many free passes you have on the orange “Challenge” tab.
- Who are my buddies? Your buddies are other people who have joined your school community or are community members. You can also add additional buddies who can see your progress and support you by tapping the “+” at the top right corner of the purple buddies tab.
- Can I pause the Challenge? Yes. From the orange “Challenge” tab, tap the settings icon in the top right corner, and tap “Pause Challenge.”
- Can I record a check-in for yesterday or earlier? You can record a check-in for yesterday by tapping the “<” arrow in the top left corner of the green check-in screen. You’ll be brought to an orange check-in screen which is for yesterday. You cannot check-in for any days beyond yesterday because we want to ensure you’re keeping up each day. If you notice an error in your recorded check-ins beyond yesterday, please email us at email@example.com to make the correction.
- How are the team standings calculated? Each participant has a success rate during the challenge, which is based on how many days you hit your target 5 fruits and veggies versus total days in the Challenge. Team success rate is an average (mean) of active participant success rate. The team standings are determined by ranking the teams by their average success rate. These standings update in real time as people continue to participate.
Basic Tips & Useful Hints
- Be sure to check in every time you eat some fruits or vegetables. Select the number of servings you had at that meal. You can check in multiple times in a day. Try not to wait till the end of the day - it's much more effective to check in right after you eat.
- Check out your local farmers markets: Cowtown Farmers Market at 3821 SOUTHWEST BLVD FORT WORTH, TX on Saturdays from 8am-12pm and The Clearfork Farmers Market at 4116, 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76109 on Saturdays from 8am to Noon.
- Use snack time to your advantage to help you reach your daily goal—replace crackers or cookies with carrots and hummus, berries, or an apple with nut butter.
- Check one off the list before you even get to work by including a fruit and/or veggie in your breakfast. Green smoothie, anyone? Yogurt with fruit? Omelette with spinach, perhaps?
- Aim to have at least one veggie on your plate at lunch and dinner, and the more the merrier. The dietary guidelines state to have half your plate covered with veggies.
- Keep easy-to-eat fruit in your bag in case you get the emergency munchies. Bananas, apples, grapes, and berries are all convenient and easy to eat.
- Raw veggies are also a great on-the-go snack—cut up cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, and/or carrots, and put them into a container to take on the road.
- Eat fruit for dessert! Either on its own, with yogurt, or on ice cream if you're having an indulgent treat.
- Eat the rainbow—a variety of colors of produce in your diet guarantees you'll be getting a wide range of nutrients.
- The darker and more vibrant the vegetable, the better (except cauliflower, the pale powerhouse).
- Farmers markets, farm stands, your garden, and the produce section at the grocery store are your new best friends. The more locally grown the better, as the produce will be fresher and have less of an environmental impact if it comes from nearby.
- The frozen section is good too—being able to keep produce on hand is the best way to ensure you eat it!
- Berries are the queen of the fruit category, containing less sugar and more antioxidants and fiber than others. Frozen berries this time of year are a great alternative if you can't find fresh.
- Be sure to stock up on leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, spinach, and broccoli—these guys are the kings of nutrition, and they are easy to cook. If you don't have time to chop during the week you can chop all at once over the weekend and store your produce in a vented or perforated bag in your fridge. Or buy pre-chopped in a pinch, and let the grocery store do the heavy lifting for you.
- Keep veggies that can be eaten raw as a snack, dipped in something, or cooked for dinner on hand—like zucchini, cauliflower, green beans, bell peppers and carrots. Their versatility increases the likelihood that you'll eat them!