Kennesaw residents came out in force Saturday to get involved in the citywide "Fit City" initiative, which encourages people to embrace healthier habits by promoting nutrition and exercise to combat obesity and improve quality of life.
"We were hoping for 300 to 500 people, and we've blown that out of the water," said Kennesaw City Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, who spearheaded the kick-off, held at the Ben Robertson Community Center.
She added that a database will be kept of participants, and a manual will also be assembled showing how to coordinate such a citywide effort. "We'd like to share that with other nearby communities and, eventually, have a fit Cobb County."
Kennesaw resident Carol Poirier said she came to the event to sign up and start a healthier lifestyle. "Our city is going to be well respected for doing this, and it will be an additional draw to bring people here," said Poirier, holding up her free T-shirt.
City Councilman Tim Killingsworth was in line for WellStar's free health screenings and was excited to see the big turnout. "I plan on being involved and try to lose some weight," said Killingsworth. "It's exciting to see the city step up and encourage its residents to stay healthy and fit—which means longer and happier lives."
Throughout the year, several free fit-friendly events will be held. Participants can stay connected through the Fit City Facebook page or by visiting the website at www.FitCityKennesaw.com. More information can also be obtained at the City of Kennesaw's website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov.