Fit for Life

Showcase the picture of health in selfie contest

Skye Tulio, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation communications assistant, takes a selfie photo with her phone while she poses with a Bike Pottstown cruiser.

Skye Tulio, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation communications assistant, takes a selfie photo with her phone while she poses with a Bike Pottstown cruiser.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

People that snap a selfie while doing something healthy will be eligible to enter a weekly photo contest for a chance to win a gift card.

Mission Healthy Living, an initiative of The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, will start the Healthy Selfie Contest next week. People of all ages who take a selfie photo while engaging in a healthy activity like riding a bike or eating an apple can enter the contest. The winner of the weekly contest will receive a $50 gift card to a local sporting goods or health food store.

Healthy Selfie logo

Healthy Selfie is a digital contest. Participants will upload and post their selfie photo to the Mission Healthy Living Facebook page www.facebook.com/MissionHealthyU with a brief description of the healthy activity being done

“It’s more important than ever to have an engaging digital presence,” said Skye Tulio, communications assistant for the foundation. “We want to see what the community sees as healthy living and how they embrace that.”

People can start submitting photos on Facebook Oct. 19 and will have until noon Oct. 23 to enter the first week of the contest. The contest will continue every week until Dec. 18. Every person is allowed to submit one selfie photo each day Monday through Friday. So a person can submit up to five selfie photos of themselves per weekly contest. The winner will be chosen through random drawing and announced by 5 p.m. every Friday on the Mission Healthy Living website www.pottstownfoundation.org/mission-healthy-living.aspx.

“We just recently revamped our Mission Healthy Living site which is a free online community resource,” Tulio said. The website has a calendar of local healthy events, articles about healthy living and a recipe database where the public can even submit their own healthy recipes. The website used to be a separate featured site but is now part of the health foundation’s corporate website at www.pottstownfoundation.org.

“Now it’s easier than ever to be healthy,” Tulio said.

It’s also easy for people to display their healthy activities through a selfie photo. “Who doesn’t love a selfie?” Tulio said adding that the contest is a fun way for the community to demonstrate their daily healthy behaviors.

People can take a photo of themselves walking on the Schuylkill River Trail, managing stress through yoga or getting together with friends to try a new healthy recipe, Tulio said. She said the photos could help start a trend and encourage others to make healthier changes in their own lifestyle. Healthy Selfie participants can share their photos on Twitter using #MissionHealthySelfie. The submitted selfie photos will also be put into a gallery that will be available on The Mercury website www.pottsmerc.com.

The rules and guidelines for the Healthy Selfie contest will be available Oct. 19 on the Mission Healthy Living Facebook. For any further questions about the contest, email Skye Tulio at stulio@pottstownfoundation.org.

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