Mix It Up Program Encourages Healthy Eating

FlierTeam Forever23, a six-member team comprised of employees from the Office of Information Technology, won the first “Mix It Up” campus healthy eating competition.

The Mix It Up challenge was sponsored by California State University, Northridge’s Office of Human Resources and HealthWorks by Kaiser Permanente. The runners-up were CSUN-LMRY, a four-member team from the departments of Geological Sciences and Mathematics, in second place and Garden Dwellers, a six-member team from the Division of University Advancement, in third place.

Mix It Up is a nutrition program that simply requires registered users to input their daily intake of fruits and vegetables into the online system. The goal is to eat five servings of produce each day and to even reach beyond that to eat three vegetables of each color (red, orange, yellow/white, green and blue/violet) daily. Points are assigned to each type of produce dependent on the quantity eaten. The team winners earned the most points on this system over an eight-week period.

The competition led to 160 faculty and staff members, split into 25 teams, registering with the program and tracking their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  It emphasized the overall goal of Mix It Up to reinforce healthy eating practices in a fun fashion.

Members of the winning three teams received Visa reward cards. First place recipients won $100 each; second place winners won $75 each; third place winners won $50 each.

Although the competition ended in May, current users may continue to log their activity and use the program’s features through March 10, 2014. Registration is available for those who did not sign-up in the eight weeks of competition. Register today with Mix It Up to open the door to a healthier lifestyle filled with flavor.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kaiser Permanente HealthWorks to improve our overall employee health and health awareness through similar innovative wellness activities for all CSUN employees,” said Laurie Gold-Brubaker, associate director of benefits administration and workers’ compensation.


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