June 24, 2014 Alicia Turner
June 24, 2014
The Florida Department of Health's healthiest weight initiative is gearing up for Get Going Gadsden.
According to the Gadsden County Health Department said the county has lost 11,000 lbs. since it started. Montez Fryson said this will be his first year participating.
"I feel like it's important to participate, because you need to stay healthy in order to live a long time. I mean to keep your body good, and stable that's the way you're going to have to get going in life," said Fryson.
This is Gadsden counties fourth year participating in the health initiative. The 60 day challenge is meant to encourage healthy weight and eating habits.
Last year Havana took home the trophy for highest percentage of weight loss.
Howard Mckinnon is the town manager of Havana and he said there were a lot of factors that helped them win.
"I think it was that we had some excitement in Havana. People took ownership, of it and a number of them took it very seriously. They were able to loose weight and that put us over the top."
According to Florida charts in 2010 21% of middle and high school students were overweight and 18% were obese.
Stacey Hannigon is a Gadsden county resident, and she said its important to motivate the adults first.
"We're focusing on adults getting active. I think that, that will in turn bring the young people in and have them doing it as well. Maybe it could be expanded and maybe we could have a team made up of just young people," Hannigon said.
A team for get Going Gadsden can be as small as two people or as large as an entire office.
The deadline to sign is July 1, 2014.