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Sanibel Congregational UCC joins exercise challenge

January 15, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

In 2017, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ participated in the Million Mile Movement Challenge, sponsored by Lee Health. The goal was for all of Lee County to get more active by moving one million miles in three months. SCUCC participants reached and surpassed a goal of 3,000 miles.

"By the end of the three months, we, as a team, had moved 7,317 miles," Parish Nurse Linda Convertine said. "This year, I have signed us up again and have set a very ambitious goal of 10,000 miles."

The Million Mile Movement is open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Any form of movement qualifies. Activities other than running and walking can be converted into miles by using the "Activity Conversion Chart."

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Linda Convertine

"In 2017, we converted all sorts of activities into miles," Convertine said. "Aerobics, bicycling, dancing, gardening, swimming, tennis, golfing, bowling, elliptical, weight lifting, dog walking, Tai Chi, yoga, water aerobics, pickle ball, sittercize, and even vacuuming can be converted into miles. If you are moving, it can be converted."

The challenge runs now and ends April 14 and SCUCC will be listed as a team. Convertine can assist anyone who would like help registering or converting their various types of exercise into miles.

"If you golf regularly, just let me know how many holes you play each week and if you use a cart," she said. "I will keep a list and routinely enter your miles once a week unless notified otherwise."

Participants can track their own miles by signing up online, looking for Sanibel Congregational UCC and clicking on "Join the Challenge." The conversion charts will be available in Fellowship Hall.

"The Million Mile Movement is a fun way to get moving and energize our bodies and our minds," Convertine said. "It's also a great opportunity to unify our community and church, working toward a common goal. Let's move into this new year by moving."

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

For more information, call 239-472-0497 or visit



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