Mayor John David Smith, Jr. knows that a healthy community is a successful community. A fit and healthy lifestyle has shown to have a positive effect on all aspects of your life. Mayor Smith has recently taken his own journey to get healthy and encourages local residents to do the same. So get moving, eat healthy and participate in Mayor Smith's new Fitness Challenge (MFC).
Fitness Challenge Goals
- Promote awareness of the value of physical activity in the pursuit of happier, healthier, more productive lives
- Provide an opportunity to get to know the Mayor and talk about City services, concerns, etc.
- Provide activities to encourage participation
Healthy Lifestyle Programs
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and it can also help control stress, improve sleep, boost mood, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of falling and improve cognitive function in older adults. Join the Mayor's 2018 Fitness Challenge and take that important step to getting healthy.
The Mayor's 2018 Fitness Challenge consists of three eight-week programs held May 8-November 1.
Walking with the Mayor
Register for one of the MFC 2018 Walking with the Mayor programs and enjoy walking portions of the City's Green Circle Trail. Enjoy either the casual walk and talk with the Mayor or cardio walk program. Each eight-week program (walk and talk or cardio walk) offers three sessions: 1) May-June, 2) July-August, and 3) September-October. FREE. Registration requested but not required.
Special Guest Leaders (in Mayor's absence):
- Tuesday, July 10 - Winchester Fire & Rescue Chief Allen Baldwin
- Tuesday, July 12 - Winchester Police Chief John Piper
Neighborhood Walking Group
Register your neighborhood walk group and the meeting time and location and the Mayor will join you whenever possible. Your walk group will be listed on the Mayor's Fitness Challenge portal for registered participants.
Fitness Fun at the Park
The easiest way to get healthy is to have fun while you're staying active and Winchester's parks offer a long list of amenities to enjoy. The Mayor invites local residents to join him for the below activities and games:
|June 23, 2 pm
July 28, 2 pm
August 25, 2 pm
September 22, 2 pm
|Frederick Douglass Park
598 N. Kent Street (rear of former Douglas Community Learning Center)
Access via Smithfield Avenue
Family Fitness Time
The CDC recommends that children and adolescents should have 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day. Recently, studies have found that people who spend more time each day watching television, sitting, or riding in cars have a greater chance of dying early than people who are more active. Researchers speculate that sitting for many hours may change peoples’ metabolism in ways that promote obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions [Harvard School of Public Health]. Get your family moving and healthy by enjoying time together while being active.
Healthy Eating and Weight Loss
According to the American Heart Association, healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your body. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease and many other health issues. The Mayor will provide healthy eating recipes and resources to help you on your journey. Click the log in button below to create a profile and get started.
Log Your Activities
Register for a program or two and start logging the minutes you spend being active and getting healthy. Can you log more minutes per week than the Mayor?
Need ideas of fun things to do around Winchester to keep moving? Click here for a list of activity ideas.
- Youth Physical Activity-Role of Families (CDC)
- Family Fitness (AHA)
- Getting active is easier than you think (AHA)
- Staying Active (Harvard School of Public Health)
- How simply moving benefits your mental health (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Weight loss fitness programs (Weigh Loss Fitness Programs 101)
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1670
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