Join the FitCitySA Fitness Challenge
San Antonio is home to the puffy taco and to the prickly pear margarita. Visitors from all over the world give high marks for San Antonio cuisine. For residents, we probably take our tasty Tex-Mex food and drinks for granted, and don’t always count the calories, fat, sodium or sugar intake.
Under the leadership of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, community-wide efforts have been underway to improve healthy habits and reduce obesity in San Antonio, and recent national rankings are proof that the city is on the right path to health and wellness.
Seeking even greater improvements to the fitness of our residents, San Antonio has set its wheels in motion to become a healthier, more connected community.
The San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council has designed an eight-week Fitness Challenge to encourage healthy activity among residents.
The FitCitySA Fitness Challenge’s goal is to encourage and help San Antonians to be among the healthiest and most active communities in the nation.
“This is all about ensuring that our city goes from being on those bad lists — one of the 'baddest' lists — to being on one of the fittest lists; to make sure that more of our families are able to enjoy good health for many years to come; that in our city, we lower the rate of diabetes, or hypertension, of stroke, of heart attack, of childhood and adult obesity, all of those things that drag on the quality of life,” said Mayor Castro.
Participants simply login to www.FitCitySA.com, create a profile, and track their activities. Residents can track a broad range of activities, including walking your dog, zumba, kickboxing, yard work or playing sports with friends.
The FitCitySA web site (www.FitCitySA.com) provides a wealth of resources for residents to locate free and low cost physical activity opportunities and healthy eating options. The web site will have a mobile version to facilitate updates, tracking of activities, accessing workout plans, and even searching for free fitness activities throughout the city, or by zip codes.
The FitCitySA Fitness Challenge is open to individuals 13 years or older, groups or organizations. The goal is for participating adults to track at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly; 60 minutes daily for youth.
As part of the FitCitySA Fitness Challenge, the YMCA will be awarding a one year membership to one of the participants, based on their levels of activity and change in lifestyle. Additional rewards will be given to participants throughout the city.
Recent successful health and fitness initiatives in San Antonio include free fitness in the park classes, outdoor fitness stations, Siclovía, FitPass SA, community-wide walking groups, the B-Cycle bike share program, and a robust network of greenway trails through the city.
Earlier this year, Mayor Castro and City Manager, Cheryl Scully, launched a fitness challenge for city employees.