Fitness Challenge Kicks Off 3/29, Participants Sought for 10-Member Mayor’s Team – community note

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The 5th annual Somerville Mayor’s Fitness Challenge kicks off the week of March 29, and Mayor Joseph A.
Curtatone is seeking residents, including a co-captain, for his ten-member team. The Fitness Challenge is a ten-week event that offers both a Team Fitness Challenge as well as a non-competitive “Lifestyle Pledge” in cooperation with Wellcoin Positive Health Currency. Both offer rewards for participants ranging from better health to discounts as local businesses.

Individuals who join the team challenge will earn points for weight loss and changes in Body Mass Index (BMI), while those who take the Lifestyle Pledge will earn Wellcoin points by participating in events and programs, and logging healthy eating choices throughout the challenge. Wellcoin offers incentives through local businesses and restaurants in its Reward Center (for more information and to sign up, visit http://www.wellcoin.com). Throughout the program, teams and individuals will earn discounts to local restaurants and businesses, and participants will receive a Fitness Challenge bag at one of four kickoff events during Kickoff Week from Saturday, March 29, through Thursday, April 3. All participants will receive extra points for attending validated events and programs, including fitness classes and demonstrations, workshops, and City-sponsored events.

All kickoff events will include distribution of Fitness Bags, giveaways from Brooklyn Boulders, massages by Lincoln Technical Institute, Reiki demonstrations health and wellness information and displays, arts and crafts and other recreation programming for children and adults of all ages.

Join the Mayor’s Team:

For his personal team, Mayor Curtatone is seeking both team members and a team co-captain who will coordinate and schedule team activities and keep members motivated. Somerville residents interested in joining the Mayor’s team either as a participant or co-captain should send a brief description of their personal fitness goals to Carlene Campbell-Hegarty at CCampbell@somervillema.gov by Wednesday, March 26. Residents interested in being co-captain of the team should also briefly describe their interest in and ability to motivate and organize others.

More information about the program can be found at http://www.somervillema.gov or by calling Director of Community Relations, Carlene Campbell-Hegarty, at 617-625-6600 x2615, or CCampbell@somervillema.gov.

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