Fall River Fitness Challenge to get up and running

January 10, 2014 by  

This weekend, the seventh annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge will begin at the Kuss Middle School starting at 10:00 am and running until 1:00 pm. No doubt banner printing is being used throughout the town and in the surrounding towns of Somerset, Fall River, and Westport to make those who live in these towns aware of the event, which will last for the next five months.

The Fitness Challenge will also include a health fair with more than 20 resources from the local area, a health screening and weigh-in station, and demonstrations from fitness centers in the area. There will also be five nutrition classes, 30 fitness challenges at no cost, and discounted workouts at eight gyms during the length of the challenge.

The Diabetes Association, Healthy City Fall River, Greater Fall River Re-Creation, and the YMCA came together to establish the Fitness Challenge in 2007 to help battle diabetes in Bristol County. The annual challenge provides support and education for those in the Greater Fall River area with regard to eating well, losing weight, getting fit, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It did this by bringing greater awareness to programs that already exist in the area.

The event is sponsored by Saint Anne’s Hospital and SouthCoast Hospitals Group. By partnering together, these two organizations have enabled the Fitness Challenge to expand and develop new programs, such as health screenings and free nutrition classes. This year’s event is expected to have over 1,000 participants.

This year’s event begins tomorrow, January 11.

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