Mayor Walling Wraps up the First Annual Commit to Fit! Mayor's Wellness Challenge
As part of his ongoing efforts to improve and expand wellness opportunities in the community, Mayor Dayne Walling partnered with the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s Commit to Fit! campaign to hold the first annual Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge. The successful, month-long challenge was held through April, and awarded prizes to participants for tracking physical activity, nutrition, and weight, as well as for participation in fun, healthy events held throughout the community. Prizes included gym memberships, gift cards, and cash incentives for achieving Challenge goals.
Challenge participants tracked their healthy behaviors at www.commit2fit.com, a free online tool available to all those who live, learn, work, and play in Flint & Genesee County. Community members also joined Mayor Walling in healthy activities that included a Family Walk at Max Brandon Park, a Healthy Cooking Demonstration at the Flint Farmers’ Market, an Arbor Day Celebration at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, a Crim Adult Program Timing Night, as well as Weigh-In events at Flint City Hall.
According to surveys conducted before and after the challenge, participants increased the number of days they engaged in moderate physical activity per week, increased the servings of fruits and vegetables eaten per day, and increased the number of days they engage in muscle-strengthening activities per week following the Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge.
Mark your calendars for the next Commit to Fit! Challenge: the Flint Farmers’ Market Shape Up Your Plate Challenge, which has a special focus on nutrition and will be held throughout the month of July!
Mayor Walling and Commit to Fit! would like to thank all the community partners who helped make this challenge such a success, including ABC12, City of Flint, Crim Fitness Foundation, Flint Farmers’ Market, Genesee County Parks & Recreation, Genesys Athletic Club, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Insight Health & Fitness (formerly Hurley Health & Fitness Center), University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center, and all 897 challenge participants!