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You may have noticed a new button on our homepage called “My Passport,” which is a sure sign that the first-ever Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together) Challenge is just around the corner. Here’s the press release announcing the event! We’ve also just found out we’ll be able to offer prizes! $500 for the person who loses the most weight and two $300 prizes for participation.
Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together:
City-Wide, Healthy-Living Challenge Set
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (August 31, 2012 ) – To promote healthy living and shine a light on some of the great wellness activities offered in Riverside, the City of Riverside and its partners are hosting the first-ever, city-wide Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will begin with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at White Park in Downtown Riverside. The event will include Challenge registration, information booths, Zumba and fitness demos, free screenings, and Mayor Loveridge will announce the winner of the title of “Riverside’s Fittest Neighborhood,” which is given to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition.
“The Start R.I.G.H.T. campaign represents the culmination of Riverside’s efforts to become a more fit, fresh, and fun community. By challenging Riversiders to eat, move, and live right for eight weeks, we hope to encourage lifelong habits of healthy living across the City,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.
The 8-week Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge will offer participants access to free health education, nutrition, and fitness activities, as well as a free online tracking tool through fitfreshfunriverside.com. The Challenge is completely free and open to anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Riverside. There will also be prizes for the person who participates in the most Start R.I.G.H.T. activities and a cash prize for the top three people who lose the most weight during the Challenge! The Challenge ends on November 17. Registration for the Challenge began on September 1st at FitFreshFunRiverside.com. In order for participants to be eligible for prizes, they must enter the competition by September 25, 2012.
“We are excited to offer a program like this here in Riverside,” said Stephanie Smith, Director of Health Education for Riverside Community Health Foundation and Chair of the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign & Challenge Committee. “Other cities have achieved great success with similar programs, and we hope that happens here.” Oklahoma City’s “OKC Million Challenge” helped city residents to lose one million pounds collectively, and local cities like Chino and Fontana have launched city health initiatives also.
As part of Fit, Fresh & Fun, the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge are part of a city-wide initiative to motivate and provide the education for Riverside residents to start living healthier lifestyles, with the ultimate goal of reducing Riverside’s obesity and overweight percentages. The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is led by Riverside Community Health Foundation. For more information about the Challenge and partnership opportunities, contact Stephanie Smith at 951.788.3471 or at email@example.com.