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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. 

Download on the App Store  Download on Google Play

Badges available– Badges for Milestone achievements, Quarter 1 and 2 are available now. Please update to the latest version of the AMP app to view your badges. See if you have earned bronze, silver, gold or even platinum achievements.  

Congrats Ocala!! What an exciting race this has been. Ocala barely edged out Belleview to take the prize. We appreciate everyone who participated, especially our Mayors, and enjoyed your enthusiasm.

Thank you to all who came out to the AMP Levitt Music Series on July 20 to help celebrate. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page soon. 

 

Active Marion Project (AMP) is a free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative with multiple factors that impact public health, including community-wide campaigns, behavior change initiatives, and support environment changes that incorporate physical activity. The goal of AMP is to encourage Marion County citizens to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and to have fun while doing it.

Get on the Road to Fitness

Updates for AMP and more information can be found on our social media pages. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Then, feel free to share any of our content and updates with your friends.

    

AMP Phone Application

Research indicates that health information technology is an effective tool for physical activity interventions. Over 30% of cell phone owners use their phones to seek health information. In 2017, the District developed a competition-based smart phone application that tracks activity, provides health information, and rewards users for physical activity. The app launched in January 2018 and there are already 1,000 users. 

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.

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

  

AMP In Your Community

AMP increases awareness, fosters healthy behaviors, and encourages physical activity. AMP inspires activity through notifications and calendar features on the smart phone application, and through print, mass and social media. Combining these coordinated efforts with small media (brochures, flyers, etc) and community events, AMP impacts its target markets. Visit our social media pages to see us in the 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.

AMP at Workplaces

Workplace Wellbeing initiatives strive to improve the organizational health of participating employee and employers. AMP can assist by providing resources and support for workplaces, business owners and employees, to create a culture of wellness that is employee-centered.    

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.

Participating Workplaces

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

We are happy to announce our current AMP worksite partners.

Upcoming Events

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

Beach Please

Quarter 3- July 1st- Sept 30th, 2018

BEACH PLEASE is a free, family-friendly, community walking competition. This is a great way to stay moving this summer and win fun prizes like beach towels, Frisbee, folding chairs, and more. So invite your entire AMP team, faith group, friends, and neighbors for this unique, family-friendly event.

The rules are simple:

  1. If you have not already, download the AMP app and register
  2. Start walking
  3. See how many beaches you can virtually walk to over the next 90 days
  4. Earn badges for meeting walking goals
  5. Plan to attend the AMP End of Summer celebration in September 2018

Additional Information

Download the AMP app

What is Active Marion Project (AMP)?

Marion County is in the bottom quartile of the Robert Woods Johnson County Health Rankings. These rankings are used to assess how long people live and how healthy they feel. Using this data and recommendations from a County Health Improvement Plan, the Marion County Hospital District (MCHD) developed a long-term chronic disease management project, called Active Marion Project (AMP). 

Knowing 95% of Americans own a mobile device, the MCHD utilized technology to solve the challenge of reaching the most citizens in a county that is geographically large with many rural areas. The project addresses health behaviors, specifically physical activity, to have a large impact on resident’s health.

Consistent physical activity, including walking, improves quality of life, promotes healthy aging, maintains mental health, and prevents chronic disease. By moving more and finding ways to enjoy physical activity, we can create a community that thrives on healthy behaviors.

With a focus on fitness and nutrition in a fun and competitive environment, we are promoting a culture of health to residents of Marion County. This culture will ultimately help us prevent chronic, long-term illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 

Active Marion Project (AMP) is a free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative with multiple factors that impact public health, including community-wide campaigns, behavior change initiatives, and support environment changes that incorporate physical activity.

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.

Research indicates that health information technology is an effective tool for physical activity interventions. Over 30% of cell phone owners use their phones to seek health information. In 2017, the District developed a competition-based smart phone application that tracks activity, provides health information, and rewards users for physical activity. The app launched in January 2018 and there are already 1,000 users.

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 to sync FitBit with Apple Health or Google Fit.

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.

Here is a video on how to sync your steps with Apple Health and 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.

How was the Mayor Challenge winner determined?

The AMP Mayor’s Challenge is a friendly competition among our 5 mayors to see which city has the “Most Active Residents”.

Starting April 1st, AMP users were asked to “Choose your Mayor”. They could choose whomever those wanted. During the challenge, participant’s points were designated to either Belleview, Dunnellon, McIntosh, Ocala or Reddick. 

The challenge ended June 30th, 2018 and Mayor Guinn and the city of Ocala were the chAMPions! A celebration will be held to recognize everyone’s hard work.

The points on the mayors challenge are an average of all users points divided by number of users. Officially the contest ended June 30 but we gave users a few extra days to sync up their steps. Points from April 1-June 30 are the only points included. When users open the app and sync their steps, the points for each mayor could be affected either positively or negatively. If they had a low number of points, the mayor’s numbers could’ve gone down since it takes an average.

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.

General AMP

Tell me more about the health communication campaign

AMP increases awareness, fosters healthy behaviors, and encourages physical activity. AMP inspires activity through notifications and calendar features on the smart phone application, and through print, mass and social media. Combining these coordinated efforts with small media (brochures, flyers, etc) and community events, AMP impacts its target markets. 

 

How can AMP help create a culture of wellness at my work?

Workplace Wellness- initiatives that strive to improve the organizational health of participating employee and employers. AMP can assist by providing resources and support for workplaces, business owners and employees to create a wellness culture that is employee-centered

  • Health program: opportunities to begin change or maintain health behaviors and improve employees’ health knowledge and skills. This includes the Core4- tobacco cessation, nutrition and healthy lifestyles, physical activity and diabetes management.
  • Health-related Policies – formal/ informal written statement that protect or promote employee health
  • Environmental Supports – the physical factors at and nearby the workplace

 

What if we don't have a budget for workplace wellbeing?

You are in luck! This is the case with many workplaces, especially small businesses. AMP can provide support with education, programming, and other resources. The only costs to you would be the staff person responsible for coordinating with us for planning and implementation of your workplace wellbeing program. AMP will take care of the rest, including many options for incentives

 

What if we don't have the time to develop a workplace wellbeing plan?

AMP can also help your workplace wellbeing coordinator with that. There is already high expectations of staff and it can be hard to juggle additional responsibilities, but we have found that a healthier workforce produces big changes in employees, not just in their wellness, but also productivity and loyalty to company. 

AMP will work with the appointed wellbeing coordinator to evaluate, develop, and implement a program that is best for your business. Additionally, leadership support and commitment is critical to the success of the program.

 

Being healthy isn't important to my employees.

Starting a wellbeing journey can be scary and intimidating, especially if you don’t know where to start or feel unsupported. AMP will work with your business to create a program that is easy and fun for employees to be a part of and keeps them engaged. 

 

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