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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Sign up open for Commit 2 Get Fit

  • Commit 2 Get Fit’s mission statement is to promote and facilitate wellness initiatives in the McPherson community through health-focused programs.
    The Commit 2 Get Fit Wellness Challenge is a collaborative effort by the McPherson Wellness Institute, the city of McPherson, the McPherson Family YMCA and the McPherson Hospital.
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  • Commit 2 Get Fit’s mission statement is to promote and facilitate wellness initiatives in the McPherson community through health-focused programs.
    The Commit 2 Get Fit Wellness Challenge is a collaborative effort by the McPherson Wellness Institute, the city of McPherson, the McPherson Family YMCA and the McPherson Hospital.
    More than 50 people have signed up since enrollment began Sept. 17.
    Participants can join as individuals, form teams or join a corporate team. Registration is $5 per person.
    Program facilitator Susan Balding said the program’s goal is to educate participants on the positive benefits of healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle.
    “We’re hoping people can learn to love eating healthy,” Balding said, “and hopefully through some friendly competition, good habits will develop and some lifestyles can change for the better.”
    The competition is based on points earned through taking part in four broad activity types, including community events, exercise, healthy eating and tobacco cessation classes.
    Community events will include five community walks, two YMCA swim classes and three educational lectures to be at McPherson Hospital in the Hess Education Center.
    There also will be a screening of the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”
    The exercise portion will grant points for every day in which 15 minutes is devoted to exercise.
    The healthy eating portion is fulfilled by eating five cups of fruits and vegetables per day.
    Finally, tobacco users will earn points for days they abstain from the habit and for attending smoking cessation classes taught by Chad Clark at the McPherson Healthcare Foundation.
    After the competition’s end on Nov. 1, all participants with more than 1,000 points will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
    The city of McPherson has entered the competition, and city administrator Nick Gregory said they’ve made it a citywide competition among various departments who will compete against each other.
    “We have individual teams in departments, as well as department teams,” Gregory said. “We’re encouraging friendly competition. Studies show healthy lifestyles improve worker productivity and happiness.”
    Gregory said it’s the first program they’ve offered, and they might expand it in the future.
    “You have to start somewhere,” Gregory said, “and Commit 2 Get Fit is a good program to start with.”
    Those interested in enrolling in Commit 2 Get Fit can do so via their homepage www.commit2getfit.healthycompanychallenge.com.
    Commit 2 Get Fit is sponsored by Farmers Alliance, McPherson Healthcare Foundation, Wise and Reber, L.C., Keith Swinehart, McPherson Hospital and Mayor Tom Brown.
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