What Is a Community Challenge?

A Community Challenge® is a unique behavior-changing program created by iVillage, geared to helping women improve their lives. Through a trademark combination of defined steps and group collaboration, Community Challenges provide women with a structured and supportive program through which to tackle the problems so many of us face: personal organization, weight loss, smoking cessation, even sex and relationships.

Community Challenges generally last four weeks (although the women who meet through them often remain in touch for years afterwards) and are led by experts in the field. All Community Challenges include daily "assignments" to help guide participants toward meeting their goal, plus message boards and chats so that they can interact with and get support from both their coaches and other women pursuing the same end - they help put the "community" in Community Challenge!

Our first Community Challenge was held in 1997, on Parent Soup. And as often happens here at iVillage, the idea was one our members came up with themselves. The folks who frequented the Parents of Teens message board got together to address an issue that they were all facing in their interactions with their adolescent children: getting their kids to open up and cooperate around the house, without making everything a battle. These women jointly took a vow to only use "positive reinforcement" in their interaction with their teens for several weeks. Every Tuesday, the mothers got together at iVillage to swap notes and provide encouragement to each other to stay the course. The results were stunning: Daughters began opening up to their mothers about "boyfriend secrets." Troubled students made it a whole month without missing a day of school. The milk even got put back in the refrigerator.

Since then, we've run over 25 Community Challenges on subjects as diverse as turning off the television for a week to starting (and sticking with) a walking program. Some of our most successful have become yearly events. And in each, women have found solutions to pressing issues in their lives and come back to tell us, "I couldn't have changed without this program!"

To date, over 1 million women have changed their lives for the better through our Community Challenges.

Ready to sign up for our latest Community Challenge? Click here to take your first step in changing your life!

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