I was just about to indulge in a second helping of cheesy rice when the City of Kennesaw told me to put down the fork.
While the city's announcement today about a new health and wellness initiative wasn't exactly directed toward me, it was definitely a needed reminder that —and I better stick to it.
Fit City Kennesaw is a community-wide program designed to combat obesity and inactivity, according to a release from the city. The initiative will promote fitness through a number of events this year, including .
A kick-off event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the . Baseline health screenings for cholesterol, weight, blood pressure and BMI will be offered to Kennesaw residents for free, while non-residents will be charged a $20 fee. Nutritional counseling and assistance with goal setting will be available, and speakers will provide testimonials about their weight loss journeys.
A Fit City website will launch in February and allow participants to track their weight, nutrition and exercise progress online. Participants can also interact and share their experiences on this Facebook page.
“Kennesaw is the perfect community for this initiative," said , a health care professional and city council member. "Our city has a first rate system of parks, green spaces and trails. For years, our award-winning Parks & Recreation Department has been offering many classes, programs, and organized sports activities. It makes sense to combine our facilities and programs with a targeted focus on active living."
"Our goal is to have Kennesaw be recognized as the fittest community in Cobb County," said Eaton-Welsh.
Your Kennesaw Patch editor is officially joining in. I'll be tracking and sharing my fitness stats starting with the Fit City Kennesaw kick-off event on Feb. 4. Admittedly, the thought of sharing my weight online is horrifying. But hey, it's motivation.
Will you be joining Fit City Kennesaw? What are your health and wellness goals? Tell us in the comments.