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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 6 years ago

Residents are up for the Challenge

by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Late registration for the fitness program will be available until Jan. 9.

The gym at Nova Community Center was a hub of activity on Jan. 3 as residents hoping to lose weight and get fit signed up for the third annual Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge.

There were 356 participants last year, and preregistration is at twice last year’s pace, according to Christina Maguire, risk manager for the city, who coordinates the challenge.

The challenge, which ends March 28, offers participants free classes or discounted memberships at fitness centers and personal trainers; Challenger Chums groups, where participants can join with others in walking, biking, kayaking, etc.; coaching; special healthy menus at participating restaurants; prizes; and other features. Challengers are able to design their own exercise program and choose their own activities.

There is still time to sign up for the event, which has a $35 fee. Late registration will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 5-9, at Ormond Beach City Hall, 22 S. Beach St., in the Training Room. The entrance to the Training Room is in the breezeway between City Hall and the Library. Participants must have their height, weight and body fat recorded and this will be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Joe and Jennifer Barbone signed up for the Challenge for the first time.

“We need to get fit and in better shape,” Jennifer Barbone said. “We just want to get a jump start.”

Joe Barbone said the Challenge provides a framework.

“It’s a good event,” he said. “It’s a good way to get out and be doing something.”

Getting fit in a structured environment was also appealing to Ruth Trychel and Cheryl Bryar, who have participated each year.

“It gives you good tools and a time frame to be accountable,” Trychel said.

Call Maguire at 676-3323; visit; or find the event on Facebook at Mayor's Health and Fitness Challenge.

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