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Two of New Day's favorite guests have teamed up for a great summer project aimed at motivating people to get fit and healthy. Olympic swimmer and world record holder Ariana Kukors and Olympic gold medalist and Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird joined Margaret to update their own careers (Ariana is back in the pool, training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and Sue just returned from representing the Storm in the WNBA All Star game in Phoenix), and to talk more about their involvement with the Take Your Health by Storm campaign, a partnership between the Seattle Storm and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington. The campaign includes a series of weekly fitness challenges and unique prizes ranging from autographed basketballs to concert tickets.

Ariana and Sue talked about this week's challenge, which involves getting outside and tackling some of the Northwest's incredible hiking trails. Ariana will lead a Take Your Health by Storm hike at Little Si in North Bend this Sunday (July 27) at 9:00am. (The Storm are out of town this weekend, so Sue will not be able to make it). Anyone who joins the Sunday hike or completes this week's Take Your Health by Storm challenge on another trail this week, should post photos of themselves on their hike, using the hashtags #HealthByStorm and #LivingLIfeWise, to Twitter or Instagram. They can also post photos on LifeWise or the Storm's Facebook pages. This week's prize: a pair of autographed basketball shoes. For a complete list of challenges, please click here.

LifeWise is also kicking off its Actively Northwest's #YouGotThis Hiking Challenge next week. This ten-week challenge offers the chance to win great weekly prizes, as well as a drawing for the grand prize: an REI adventure package valued at $2,500. It's also an easy way to find hiking spots in Washington and Oregon. Monitor Actively Northwest's Facebook page for details, which are expected to post on Monday, July 28.

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, July 24: Seattle Storm vs. New York Liberty - 7:00pm at KeyArena or watch on LiveWell
  • Sunday, July 27: Take Your Health by Storm Hike at Little Si - 9:00am in North Bend (hikers, use hashtags #HealthByStorm and #LivingLifeWise to post photos to Twitter and Instagram; post photos on LifeWise or Seattle Storm's Facebook pages)

Connect with LifeWise & Actively Northwest:

Facebook: LifeWise Health Plan of WashingtonActively Northwest

Twitter: @LifeWiseWA@ActivelyNW

Connect with the Seattle Storm:

Facebook: Seattle Storm

Twitter: @SeattleStorm

Connect with Ariana and Sue:

Facebook: Ariana KukorsSue Bird

Twitter: @ArianaKukors@S10Bird

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