Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge

Northern Rehab is holding their second “Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge” May 1 – 17.  Northern Rehab is challenging the community to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with some fun, new outdoor activities while helping to support area food pantries.

“For this spring event, we’re challenging our community to enjoy the great outdoors and explore local parks, wetlands, forest or nature preserves, new or favorite trails, park districts, or even your own neighborhood. Physical activity plays an important role in our health, and we’ve created this event to be fun for all ages and great for the entire family” comments Melissa Beck, Northern Rehab Physical Therapist at the DeKalb location. Melissa adds, “This is also a fundraiser to raise funds for local food pantries.”

Participants can pick up or download a Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge Activity Card which includes a variety of activities such as enjoy a new park or playground, try birdwatching, go fishing, explore a new wetland area, play an outdoor yard game, plant a garden, flowers or a tree, or help keep the community clean by picking up trash in your neighborhood. Participants are challenged to complete 4 of the activities and turn in their card at any of Northern Rehab’s 4 locations in DeKalb (Sycamore Road or Lincoln Highway), Genoa or Rochelle. For every activity card turned in, Northern Rehab will donate $5.00 to a local food pantry! Participants also receive a new limited-edition event t-shirt!

Ken Olson, Physical Therapist and Northern Rehab President explains, “Part of Northern Rehab’s mission is to give back to the communities that we serve. We chose to raise funds for food pantries that have been overwhelmed while serving record numbers in our area during the pandemic including Barb Food Mart, Spartan Food Pantry, DeKalb County Community Gardens, Genoa Food Hub, and Rochelle Christian Food Pantry. We will donate $5.00 for each participant that turns in an activity card, and we’re hoping to have a record number of participants this year!”

There is no cost to participate, but Northern Rehab invites participants to make a donation to support these local food pantries. Any amount is welcome and donations (cash or check) are being collected at all 4 Northern Rehab clinic locations.

You can also enter a raffle to win a gift card to a local ice cream shop! “We wanted to support local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic and let our winners enjoy a refreshing treat on us with a gift card to Ollie’s Frozen Custard, Sycamore Dairy Ripple, Pete’s Castle Marathon – Get The Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe, or the Country School Restaurant in Rochelle! To enter our raffle, simply take a picture doing one of the activities, then post it on Northern Rehab’s social media or email us with permission to post” explains Deb Loitz, Marketing Director at Northern Rehab.

“We encourage the whole community to participate including people and families of all ages to explore the outdoors and try a new activity” comments Melissa Wagner, Northern Rehab Partner and Lead Physical Therapist in Genoa. “Everyone in our area, especially those in the communities that we serve in DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa and Rochelle are invited to accept our challenge and participate in the Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge anytime from May 1- 17!”

To read more about our event and for further specific instructions, please visit our Events page here >>>

Download Activity Card here >>>