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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

AMP Holiday Challenge

The 2018 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge starts November 12 and AMP wants you to join!

This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 12th annual Holiday Challenge.

Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. Follow us on our social media, participate in the weekly photo challenges and you could win a $25 gift card each week (that’s a total of $200). Register here and enter AMP Holiday Challenge in the “company” box.

If an employee is not receiving emails or is having any technical issues: Please send them over to me directly or to holidaychallenge@esmmweighless.com, and we can look into their account and see what the issue might be.

  • Weekly newsletter full of resources, recipes, and more
  • Tools to monitor your progress
  • Daily tips and weekly challenges to stay motivated
  • Free virtual race

Big Announcements for the Fall.

Quarter 3 and the Beach Challenge has ended. This Friday, November 16th, is the last day we will be accepting screenshots of your beach badges. Any screenshots received after Friday will not be accepted.

Those of you waiting for prizes to be delivered, we should be able to come out there the first week in December. Thank you all for your patience as we wait for prize shipments.

We are really excited to announce a new feature on the phone app- AMP Rangers. This is a partnership with Marion County Parks and Recreation where you can explore our beautiful parks and earn steps. Make sure you have the latest version of the AMP app installed on your phone. There are 7 zones with multiple parks in each zone and multiple badges in each park. Follow this step-by-step guide to get started. Here is a summary of where the badges can be found.  

No Pop Up Fitness classes the week of Thanksgiving (November 19-23)! Rebecca Tull will be back on November 26 to resume teaching FREE Pop Up Fitness classes in our parks. Join us and get your sweat on! These classes will change locations throughout the year. If you are interested in Pop Up Fitness coming to your area, please let us know! 

AMP App Updates

Updates with Android

  1. AMP pushed an update so that the steps and points detail pages now sort properly by month (most recent to oldest).
  2. An update was pushed so that the compass is now working on AMP Rangers. Yahoo!

Are you having other issues with the AMP app? Email us at help@mchdt.org or Taylor, the app developer, is available to help. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 2-5pm. The address is 405 SE Osceola Ave, Ocala, FL 34471

 

 

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

Pop Up Fitness Classes for November 2018 can be found hereTaught by Rebecca Tull, CPT. No classes for the week of Thanksgiving (November 19-23, 2018)

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

FAQs and Additional Information

Download the AMP app

What is Active Marion Project (AMP)?

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. More information on AMP can be found here

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.

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 Garmin and Samsung Gear do not share data with Apple HealthKit or Google Fit. Wwe are still working on finding a direct way for certain apps to sync with AMP, we have found 3rd party apps that can help.

Here is a step by step guide of how to sync Garmin and Samsung Fitness Trackers with Android and Apple devices.

Sync Apple or Android device with Samsung Fitness Tracker

Sync Apple or Android device with Garmin Fitness Tracker

How to sync FitBit with Apple Health or Google Fit.

AMP now has a way to directly sync FitBit. No 3rd party apps needed. Follow these steps to sync AMP with Fitbit:  

First, make sure that you have the latest version of the AMP app Go to the app store and and search active marion project. If you don’t have the latest version, it will give you the option to update. Click here for a step bu step guide to sync PDF version available. 

When will AMP sync with Garmin and Samsung Gear?

AMP is working on directly syncing with Garmin and Samsung devices, but this will take some time. We appreciate your patience. 

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. Here is a step by step guide to join or create a team and navigate through the 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

Here is a complete step by step guide

Can I be a member of more than one team?

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

Health Education Campaign

What is Pop Up Fitness Classes?

Often times there are barriers to being physically active, but AMP hopes to eliminate those barriers with Pop Up Fitness classes. Rebecca Tull, certified personal trainer, is here to provide FREE fitness classes for all. Bring one friend or all of your friends! All equipment provided! Free for all who attend. Always. Come play with us! Current classes offered

 

 

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. 

 

Workplace Wellbeing

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. 

 

Meet The Team

Brianna Liles

Brianna Liles

More about Brianna

  • Most recently Brianna was the Prevention Coordinator Food and Beverage Team for Measure Up Marion Coalition. Prior to that, she worked as the ICU Clinical Dietitian for Munroe Regional Medical Center for more than 10 years. Brianna also was the Consultant Dietitian for MRMC’s FIT Kids Program.
  • Active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & Florida Dietetic Association. She is a past-president of Gainesville Dietetic Association, past-chair for Generation FIT (Marion County Children’s Alliance Childhood Nutrition Workgroup), and past-director of the Glo with the Flo 5K.
  • In 2009, she received the American Dietetic Association Young Dietitian of the Year and in 2008, was awarded the Florida Dietetic Association Recognized Young Dietitian.
  • Graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition and obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis

Rebecca Tull

More about Rebecca

  • Rebecca Tull is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor who has been teaching and training since 2010.
  • She recently moved with from Saratoga Springs, NY, with her husband and three children, in July 2017. 
  • Areas of expertise include:  
    • functional movements
    • strength and conditioning 
    • body weight exercises 
    • shoulder rehabilitation 
    • run-specific training 
    • pre/post natal 
  • Current Certifications: 
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • Group Exercise Instructor 
    • Keiser Indoor/Outdoor Cycling Instructor 
    • MOSSA Group Power 
    • Beachbody INSANITY 
    • TRX Qualified 

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