NEVADA, MO.--- Vernon County residents are halfway to meeting Healthy Nevada's challenge that will earn them an electronic playground. It's called a "Pulse Tempo" and it plays multi-sensory games to encourage movement in an upbeat way. Healthy Nevada leaders say it will be the only playground of its kind in the region, and it's a piece of equipment that everyone in the community could use.
"It's an interactive tool. So for kids, it lights up, it plays music, you have to go press certain things on the equipment to really gets them being more active, opposed to just maybe swinging on a swing or sliding down a slide," said Jessica Hunt, Healthy Nevada Program Coordinator.
Jessica Hunt is the Healthy Nevada program coordinator. She says the equipment would be donated and placed in Walton Park.
"The initiative is really based around getting people more actively engaged in going to parks and just being a little more active for better health," said Hunt.
Parks and Recreation Director Dana Redburn says many items were taken into consideration before the "Pulse Tempo" was decided upon.
"They came to me and said, 'hey is there anything in particular you think would be good?' I'd actually seen this piece of equipment on a website and I thought "Wow!" That would be really awesome, but I didn't think that we would have any chance that we could get something like that," said Dana Redburn, Nevada Parks and Recreation Director.
Hunt says the Nevada City Council voted and agreed to match the price of the "Pulse Tempo." City council will split the cost of equipment with the Healthy Nevada organization.
"It just shows buy-in. It just shows that they're here to stay. It also gives people another option as to how to get up and get out and get active," said Hunt.
Leaders at Healthy Nevada partnered up with Governor Jay Nixon's 100 Missouri Mile Challenge to help promote physical activity in the community, but 1,000 Vernon County residents must sign up for the challenge before the community gets the prize.
"We would just encourage everybody to reach out to your friends, your relatives, your kid, get everybody involved. Get them signed up because this is a free prize in the community that can bring a lot of great things to the community," said Redburn.
Today, there are 533 people who've signed up, and they've logged more than 32,000 miles. The last day to sign up to win the prize is November 15th. If you would like to get more information and sign up, click here.
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