Thursday, September 10, 2009

Join Mayor Jones in the 50 Million Pound Challenge Walk Off

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Dr. Ian Smith, founder and creator of the 50 Million Pound Challenge, invite residents to participate in the 50 Million Pound Challenge Walk Off, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 12, at Chimborazo Park.

In an effort to encourage citizens to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle, Mayor Jones, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and the Richmond City Health District have planned a family friendly event at Chimborazo Park, East Broad and 32nd Streets. Event registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 2-mile walk/run begins at 9 a.m. Other activities for the Challenge include line dancing, clowns, arts and crafts, and wellness vendors. State Farm will provide raffle prizes during the event to include $100 Visa gift cards, iPod Shuffles, a Wii Fitness system, and more. Everyone that signs up for the Challenge walk or run will receive free healthy snacks and a free 50 Million Pound Challenge t-shirt provided by State Farm.

To join Richmond’s Challenge team, ROCK! Richmond, and connect with fellow Challenge members, visit the Richmond Team page at www.50millionpounds.com or visit www.Richmondgov.com. Those who sign up for the ROCK! Richmond team, either online or at the event, will be eligible for additional incentives.

"It is very important that we take the time to maintain our health and live healthier lifestyles. Obesity is a major concern for Americans and if the city of Richmond can help engage residents to get involved, then why not start now," said Mayor Jones.

"I applaud Mayor Jones and the city of Richmond for their leadership in this important cause,” said Dr. Ian Smith. “We are thrilled to bring The Challenge Walk Off to Richmond on September 12 and ask Richmond residents to join us in an important first step to becoming more focused on their personal physical well-being.”

More than one million U.S. citizens have already joined The 50 Million Pound Challenge—a free national health initiative, sponsored by State Farm, encouraging people to come together and take control of their health by getting fit. To date, the Challenge Walk Off includes 16 cities and more than 37,000 teams from across the country.

For more information, call (804) 646-5733.

Contact: Tammy D. Hawley, (804) 646-3110