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We all want to be healthier.

The fact is, it’s tough, especially if we’ve been a little too slow to self motivate. Well, we’re about to flip the script to help get you motivated, and stay motivated, with Active Marion Project (AMP). It’s an innovative county program and smartphone app developed right here to help all Marion County residents live a healthier lifestyle. Just download the app and you’re off and running (maybe not literally though).

A new, healthier you is just waiting to get out.

To get started, download the free smart phone app today at the ITunes or Google Play store. 

   

The Mayor’s Challenge has started!! Follow these steps to join your Mayor’s team:

  1. Visit the app store and download the newest update for the app
  2. Open the AMP app and follow the Mayor’s Challenge prompts
  3. See how your Mayor is doing on the groups page, under Mayor tab 

Attention Android Users– We learned that some AMP users violated our contest rules and manually entered step entries into Google Fit. We are taking corrective action to ensure we have a fair and even playing-field. With the latest update for Android users, if steps are entered manually into Google FIT, the AMP app will automatically disregard “all” steps for the day (this includes automated steps and manually entered steps). That day’s step entry and associated points will be calculated as zero.  This can be corrected in advance by deleting the manually entered steps in Google FIT and re-syncing your steps in the AMP app (under the Settings tab). Please feel free to email with questions or concerns at help@mchdt.org.

Active Marion Project (AMP) is a free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative designed to encourage Marion County citizens to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and to have fun while doing it. (AMP) is an innovative, competition-based health initiative developed by the Marion County Hospital District.

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AMP Phone Application

What is AMP?

A free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative designed to encourage Marion County citizens to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Earning Points

Learn more about Earning Points with the AMP App.

Legal Documents

You can view the  Legal Documents for the AMP App.

Tutorial Videos

Tutorial Videos for the AMP App are coming soon.

AMP at Worksites

Why AMP makes good business sense?

The use of effective workplace programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers.

Steps to implement AMP

There are 4 Easy Steps to implement AMP at your workplace.

Health Education Opportunities

Please visit the AMP app calendar to find education and fitness opportunities provided by our community partners.

AMP In Your Community

The success of Active Marion Project is greatly dependent on strong collaborations and engaged partnerships. These partners are our #AMPLIFIERS! To amplify means to expand and make greater.

Community Partners

Looking to get engaged?

If you want to engage, encourage and be an example to advocate others to participate, become an AMPLIFIER.

Contact us by email and we will reach out to you.  

Community and Outreach

Through large scale community-level efforts, such as Mayor’s Challenge, Health competitions, and community events, AMP strives to achieve measurable impacts on the health education of our Community.

Participating Worksites

AMP can provide resources and support for workplaces, business owners and employees to create healthier, more productive work environments. AMP Workplace Wellness initiatives strive to improve the organizational health of participating employee and employers.

We are happy to announce our current AMP worksites.

Upcoming Events

Community and local events calendar can also be found on the AMP smart phone application.

Get your walking shoes on Marion County, the AMP Mayor’s Challenge is almost here. This is a friendly competition among our 5 mayors to see which city has the most active residents.

Starting April 1st, AMP users will asked to “Choose your Mayor” or defaulted to a city based on your zip code used at registration. You must download and register with the Active Marion Project app in order to contribute your steps to your mayor. The app is free to download at the ITunes and Google Play store.

During the challenge, participant’s points will be designated to either Mayor Dobkowski of Belleview, Mayor Green of Dunnellon, Mayor Hamilton of the Town of McIntosh, Mayor Guinn of Ocala or Mayor Stroup of the Town of Reddick

The city with the most points (which is a calculated average of total points divided by the number of users) at the end of the challenge will win a grand prize and celebration for their city to recognize top performers. Challenge ends June 30th, 2018

Make sure to tag us, #AMPMarion, on your social media pages. We want to see what you are doing for the #MayorsChallenge to help your city win!!  

Additional Information

Download the AMP app

What is Active Marion Project (AMP)?

Active Marion Project (AMP) is a free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative. The core of AMP’s principles entail multiple factors that impact public health, including: environmental and policy changes, programmatic efforts, and community engagement.

AMP was designed to encourage Marion County citizens to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and to have fun while doing it. AMP is funded and greatly supported by the trustees of The Marion County Hospital District and is geared toward local employers, hospitals and health departments. Each organization appoints one person to serve as the ambassador, and individuals compete on teams of two to win the chance at recognition and prizes.

Why should I sign up?

Consistent physical activity, including walking, has been shown to improve quality of life, promote healthy aging, maintain mental health, and prevent chronic disease. To encourage Marion County to be more physically active, we created the AMP smart phone application. The app is an innovative health initiative, developed by the Marion County Hospital District, which uses friendly competition to encourage people to engage in physical activity in our communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Participating in regular physical activity provides many health benefits…Reducing risk of some of health conditions”.

AMP is a free a tool to use to track your steps and have fun while doing it.

CDC Activity Guidelines for Americans 

CDC Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Top 10 reasons to download the AMP app

The AMP smart phone app is an innovative, competition-based health initiative developed by the Marion County Hospital District. Health information technologies, like AMP,  will be used to inform health behaviors and decisions, while activity monitors will be utilized to encouraged increased physical activities. Here are 10 reasons to download the AMP smart phone app.

AMP app Step-by-Step

A Step-by-step guide to walk you through the AMP smart phone app

How do I sign up for the AMP smart phone app?

Easy as 1-2-3

Step #1: Download the free app in the ITunes or Google Play store.

Step #2: Complete the short registration information. Input zip code of where you live or work (Marion County only). Create a password. Don’t forget to add your profile picture. 

Step #3: Start walking. Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to track their walking in our tracking system to help achieve that goal. Tutorials will be available soon.

Does it cost anything to participate in AMP?

No, there are no fees of any kind to participate in the competition or workplace wellness program.The app is free to download.

User agreement questions?

If you have a health problem, or are new to being active, please consult your doctor before starting AMP. Every user is responsible for their own personal health, safety and well-being.

You can find agreements and other information on the Settings page of the app, such as: 

Other Questions?

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us.

Steps, Points and Badges

How are steps calculated? Do I need to purchase a fitness tracker?

All step data for AMP is gathered from IOS (Apple) Health or Google Fit Health, these health apps are standard on more recent smart phones. These app integrate with most fitness tracking devices or apps. If you use a wearable fitness tracker, make sure that you allow Apple Health or Google Fit to sync up with your device.  Every time you open the AMP app, your steps will automatically update and so will the leaderboards. So remember to open the app frequently to make sure your steps are being properly synced and updated.

No manual data entry is required. It is recommended to use a fitness tracker for best and most accurate devices. If you don’t have a wearable fitness tracker, no worries- your iPhone or Android will track your steps automatically.

How many steps should I take per day?

The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps (or approximately 5 miles or 8km) per day for overall good health and well-being. This can be a lot for many people, so start with small steps and build up to 10,000 steps bit by bit.

Can I include other physical activity besides walking?

Any movement will can be recorded by your smartphone if you have the phone on you or am using a fitness tracker. So dancing, aerobics, gardening, running and gardening are fine. Cycling, swimming or other activities will be included if you carry your smartphone or wear a tracker. At this time, steps can not be entered manually.

AMP is not syncing with my fitness tracker

While most wearables allow Apple and Google to sync data, we have found that trackers such as FitBit and Samsung Gear do not share data with Apple HealthKit or Google Fit. While we are still working on finding a direct way for certain apps to sync with AMP, such as FitBit and Samsung Health, we have found 3rd party apps that can help.

Syncing FitBit with Iphone-  https://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-connect-health-or-fitness-tracking-device-your-health-app 

Another article to help sync FitBit-  https://gigaom.com/2014/12/24/how-to-use-a-fitbit-with-apple-health  

This site gives directions to link Samsung Health with Google Fit (which is how AMP reads data on Android phones) –  https://whatchawearing.com/sync-s-health-with-google-fit/

How do I earn points?

  • Earn 1 point for every 100 steps a day (no more than 200 points per day = 20,000 steps)
  • Every quarter, recognition and awards for individuals, teams, worksites with most points, workplace with most employee participation.
  • Earn 1 point for every 100 steps a day (no more than 200 points per day = 20,000 steps)
  • Every quarter, recognition and awards for individuals, teams, worksites with most points, workplace with most employee participation
    • Bronze Level– 3,000 points = average of 3,500 steps per day
    • Silver Level– 6,000 points= average of 6,700 steps per day
    • Gold Level– 9,000 points = average of 10,000 steps per day. This is the recommended steps per day by the American Heart Association
    • Platinum Level– 15,000 points = average of 17,000 steps per day
  • Everyone loves rewards, right! Every quarter, recognition and awards will be given for individuals, teams, and worksites with the most points. Some prizes that will be awarded are items like water bottles, towels, portable speakers,and chargers.

AMP Teams (groups)

Do I have be on a team?

You can use the app as an individual, but teams are encouraged. Teams can be comprised of work associates, neighbors, family members, community teams or organizations, etc.

How do I join a team?

The team competition is designed to be fun and for bragging rights, of course. Teams will be recognized at quarterly recognition events and top performers will be rewarded prizes. Teams have to be 3 or more people and can be a group of friends, family, workplace colleagues or departments; all shapes and ages. The app will display your personal steps, as well as the individuals on your team. You can view your team compared to other teams as well.

  1. Open the “Groups” page.
  2. If you are joining an existing team, click “Join a Group”, Use the search bar to find your team name and click “request to join” when team is located. You can only be on one team.
  3. If you are create a new team, click “Create a Group”, input team name. Share team name with other team members, so they can request to join. Make sure to let other potential team members about your team by sharing app and team name via text, email, or social media!

*whoever creates the new team is automatically the team AMPlifier.

  1. Once your team is created, you can view your roster through the “Leader Boards” bubble (green) “group” tab.
  2. View how your team is doing compared to other teams by clicking on the Global tab. Global leaders are determined by dividing total numbers of points for a team by the number of team members.
  3. Team names can be edited if needed. To change team name, AMPlifier, to remove members from group, select “Group Settings” bubble (yellow bubble on Groups page)

Do all team members have to live in the same area?

The app is available for those who live or work in Marion County.

Tips to get your team moving

The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps (or approximately 5 miles or 8km) per day for overall good health and well-being. This can be a lot for many people, so start with small steps and build up to 10,000 steps bit by bit.

  • Set a goal for your team’s total steps, like taking enough steps to make it across your state
  • Go “streaking”: Walk 10,000 or more steps each day for 30 days.
  • Challenge another department or a similar organization to a walking competition.
  • Walk to work on a sunny day.
  • Take a hike with your family.
  • Participate in a mall-walking event.
  • Walk around a local park.
  • Set a time and place for your group to walk on a regular basis
  • Frequent communication and encouragement will help keep your team on the right path. AMP can help with keeping teams motivated with sample emails, promotional posters, challenge suggestions, and social media posts that can be shared with teammates.

My team score is not updating

The app only updates when it is opened (this way saves your battery live). So, remind your team to open the app daily, so that it updates and help your team get to the top.

Can we change team members?

Yes. if you change jobs or want to join a different team/group for any reason, you can do so

Go to the Groups page, under Group Settings, you can: 

  • Change group name
  • Edit users
  • Edit amplifiers
  • Leave group

Can I be a member of more than one team?

No. Each participant can only be a member of one team.

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