This year’s Fit Worth Corporate Challenge consisted of 21 companies, 277 teams and 2,000 individual participants that logged about 3.6 million minutes of physical activity.
The Fit Worth Corporate Challenge is a six-week fitness competition where local companies and individuals compete to log the most minutes of physical activity.
Heidi Swartz, a founding member of Fit Worth and the Director of the Cowtown Marathon, said that the Fit Worth initiative was started three years ago by a group of volunteers who wanted to inspire health habits for youths in the community.
The Fit Worth Healthy City Initiative hosted an awards ceremony in Magnolia Green Park on Tuesday to congratulate corporate challenge participants.
According to FitWorth.com, participants in the corporate challenge lost over 5,000 pounds for the second consecutive year.
The awards were given to the individual with the most minutes logged, the company with the most participants and the company with the most minutes logged per participant.
The City of Fort Worth had the most participants with more than 550 while the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth was presented with the award for most minutes per participant.
Many of the local companies that participated in the challenge set up tents and activities at the awards ceremony. Games such as cornhole, mini-tennis and disc golf were available to people attending the event.
“We had a very diverse group of corporate entities participate from hospitals to schools to business and law firms,” said Leslie Casey, chairman of Fort Worth Health and Wellness.
Lexus of Fort Worth, Luke’s Locker and the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth were some of the companies that set up display areas at the awards ceremony.
Mayor Betsy Price was originally supposed to attend the event and present the awards to the winners, but she was unable to do so due to a last-minute conflict.
Casey handed out the awards in her place with help from NFL free agent Tyler Clutts and Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys mascot. Clutts spoke to the crowd briefly about the importance of fitness in every day life and how his career as a football player has taught him a lot about personal fitness.
He also gave a shoutout to Jason Witten, another Cowboys player, who he said has taught him a lot about personal fitness.
“The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he prepares. It’s showed me how important it is to take care of your body,” Clutts said.
The corporate challenge was one Fit Worth’s many initiatives to set a good example for young people.
Fit Worth’s next event, the Fit Worth Fete En Blanc, is a gourmet picnic on April 1. Tickets can be purchased here.