Mayor FitzGerald has a lofty goal for Lakewood—to become the healthiest city in Ohio. The Live Well Lakewood Wellness Challenge is a step (literally!) in that direction.Live Well Lakewood
is a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote healthy, active living in Lakewood. With the support of the city, Live Well Lakewood is offering a program to help Lakewood get healthier. This free program is made possible through the sponsorship of Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood Recreation Department and Medical Mutual of Ohio.
The Wellness Challenge involves teams of four encouraging each other to practice healthy eating, to get moving, and to explore Lakewood on foot or bicycle. Participants can sign up with three friends or make new friends by joining a team. Every week between May 6 and July 8, there will be a meeting at Lakewood City Hall where participants will get tips on healthy eating from the OSU Extension Service, a sampler of wellness programs from a variety of Lakewood providers and free giveaways including a t-shirt.
The first session which will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM will include a free wellness evaluation comprised of a blood pressure reading, glucose and cholesterol screening, strength and flexibility measurement and height, weight and waist/hip ratio. The remaining sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 13, Tuesdays, May 19 & 26 and Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1 and July 8 from
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lakewood City Hall.
The last session on July 8 will include a re-evaluation so participants will be able to assess their progress on the path to maximum wellness. Those who complete the challenge will be recognized at the Lakewood Alive & Well Street Walk on July 18th. Prizes will be awarded to the male, female, and team who make the most progress toward better health.
The Wellness Challenge is open to anyone 12 and up who lives or works in Lakewood.
Participants may sign up in person at the Lakewood Home Improvement Expo at Harding Middle School on April 25 or at the Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase at Lakewood Park on May 3rd. Participants may also e-mail email@example.com or call (216) 529-7695. When you call or e-mail, please indicate what time between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM you would like your evaluation appointment to begin on May 6th.
Build a better body—and mind—and have fun doing it! Teams Unite May 6, 2009. Be There!