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Hundreds Support Fit City Kick-Off

Saturday's kick-off included health screenings, speakers, and sign-ups for upcoming 5K events.

Kennesaw residents came out in force Saturday to get involved in the citywide 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 , who spearheaded the kick-off, held at the

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.

was in line for 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.

Cris Eaton Welsh February 06, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Thank you Kennesaw Patch for covering this event and thank you to everyone who came out. A big Kudos to all of our community partners who allowed us to put this entire initiative together with a zero budget! Stay tuned to www.fitcitykennesaw.com for fit friendly active events.

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