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How to Be a Fit City

Kennesaw is promoting community health and fitness with a new website, a kick-off celebration this Saturday and several upcoming events.

The City of Kennesaw's community-wide officially kicks off this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the . The event coincides with this week's launch of FitCityKennesaw.com.

The new website, which includes health and fitness blogs, a calendar of fit-friendly events and a link to an American Heart Association program that allows participants to track their fitness stats and progress, is part of the city's year-long effort to turn Kennesaw into "Fit City, USA."

“Our Fit City website is available to everyone, whether they attend the kickoff event or not,” said . “We hope people will use it to help them get started on the road to better fitness and health." Welsh added that participants can also visit the official Fit City Facebook page.

Saturday's event will include free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI offered by Kaiser Permanente, Wellstar Health System, and Life University. Healthcare professionals will also be available for on-site nutrition counseling and fitness tips.

More than 20 speakers will share their own stories of motivation and success, including Kennesaw Police Chief Bill Westenberger and representatives from the Atlanta Hawks.

Welsh said the idea for Fit City is a spin-off of the city's 5K road race series. You can check here for the 2012 Kennesaw Grand Prix schedule.

Check in with Patch regularly for our Fit City column. I'll be tracking my own fitness progress, and I invite you to share yours.

The city will hold a special event in December to re-record our fitness stats and see just how far we've come. Good luck, and I'll see you at the finish line!

Do you plan on joining the city's effort to get fit? What are your fitness goals and plans? Tell us in the comments.

Donna Espy-Rypel February 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I'll be there on Saturday!! I'd like to get some advice on walking and cardio exercise...can't wait to join the ranks of "Fit City!"
Gaetana Pipia February 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Great, Donna. Hopefully, we can keep each other on track!

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