Community invited to join health campaign, raise money for charity

MILFORD, Del. – Healthier Sussex County seeks to “Motivate the First State” with an interactive, online, activity log that benefits the health of community members and the financial wellbeing of local charities. The new campaign is part of the Healthier Sussex County collaboration between community members, Bayhealth Milford Memorial, Beebe Healthcare, and Nanticoke Health Services with a mission to make Sussex County one of the healthiest in the nation.

Motivate the First State is championed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell who has challenged the First State to walk together to 1 million miles. He said, “Together we can log one million miles and make each step and pedal stroke count for Delaware charities that help our kids, our families, and our citizens with special needs.”

Participation in Motivate the First State is not only rewarding, it’s straightforward. When you track your healthy activities – everything from jogging around the block to brushing your teeth at night – you are directly helping organizations that make positive impacts throughout the First State. For every activity you log, a monetary donation will be made on your behalf to charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, YMCA of Delaware, and Special Olympics Delaware.

The Motivate the First State information and sign-up can be found at To participate, create a Plus3 account. Once you receive a confirmation email, the provided link will place you in the Motivate the First State Clubhouse. Select the Healthier Sussex County team. When your account is created, log onto the portal and record your activities. Participants may select pre-set activity descriptions or upload data from their Fitbit, smartphone or GPS.

If you join the Healthier Sussex County team or are a current member and log walking or running at least 3 miles per week, cook three healthy meals from scratch per week and drink five glasses of water a day for three days per week for all four weeks during the month of January 2016, you will be entered in a chance to win a Fitbit. The winner will be announced in February.

Healthier Sussex County is the personification of the collective compassion of three health systems and multiple community partners who are working together to improve the lives of those around them. They continue to identify and address health disparities, identify and address health education needs, and positively impact health behavior.

For more information about Healthier Sussex County, visit

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