About 150 people registered for the inaugural Orange City Mayor's Fitness Challenge on Monday, Jan. 20, and had their biometrics screening at the kickoff event at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.
The evening included a welcome from Dr. Malika George, an internal medicine physician at the hospital as well as a short Zumba demonstration led by Fit Club instructor Claudia Mucci. Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka and Fish Memorial CEO Ed Noseworthy led a brisk walk around the hospital's campus.
The Mayor's Fitness Challenge is a 10-week challenge, designed to motivate participants to improve their overall wellness. Participants receive baseline lab work and biometric screenings, courtesy of the hospital. At the end of the challenge, participants will have their measurements retaken to determine the percentage of body weight lost.
"I am very excited that so many people from the community have signed up for the challenge," Mayor Laputka said. "We all need to honor our commitments to our self to better our health!"
For $25, participants can join the challenge and receive access to the Four Townes YMCA for four days a week and weekly fitness activities provided by Fit Club. They will also receive discounts and free classes to other local gyms and fitness centers, as well as helpful tools, such as pedometers.
The top three participants that lose the greatest percentage of body weight will receive cash prizes: first place receives $750, second place receives $500 and third place receives $250.
For information, call (386) 775-5410 or visit ourorangecity.com/city/special-sections/mayors-fitness-challenge/.