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New Health And Fitness Tools Online

Users have access to tools (www.fitcitychallenge.org) that can calculate daily caloric requirements, body mass index and visual cues for accurate assessment of appropriate portion sizes.

July 7, 2004

Charlotte, NC - Looking for inspiration to stick with that summer workout schedule? Or maybe you're wondering how many minutes you'll have to spend on the treadmill to burn-off that brownie. Answers to these questions and other cool tools can now be found in the "what's new" section of the Fit City Challenge web site, www.fitcitychallenge.org.

"The additions to the web site are just another great way to provide something for folks at all fitness levels and make the Fit City Challenge fun," says Dianne Thomas, the program's director.

Users also have access to tools that can calculate daily caloric requirements, body mass index and visual cues for accurate assessment of appropriate portion sizes. Other additions include an events calendar and Fit City Feature, highlighting participants' personal success stories and pictures.

The Fit City Challenge is a community level initiative to encourage and empower program participants to increase their level of physical activity, and fruit and vegetable consumption. At the core of the Fit City Challenge are the parallel goals of walking five miles a week and eating five fruits and vegetables each day, then recording progress in these areas through the program's web site at www.fitcitychallenge.org.

The Fit City Challenge is the result of the work of the Mecklenburg County Healthy Weight Task Force and its charge by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to identify best practices in overcoming the factors that contribute to overweight and obesity, particularly in children and youth.

To learn more about the program or to register for the Fit City Challenge, log on to the program's web site at www.fitcitychallenge.org.

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Media Contact: D.C. Lucchesi at 704-432-0344 or
lucchdc@co.mecklenburg.nc.us




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