Becky Dantonio Helps Lansing Communities Get Fit

Becky Dantonio Helps Lansing Communities Get Fit

Becky Dantonio and husband Mark Dantonio, Michigan State’s head football coach, attended the 2011 Community Partners in Health Winter Warm-Up kick-off event at the Lansing Mall on Feb. 12. The free program offers resources to encourage residents to adopt physical activity, healthy eating and other positive habits into a daily routine.

The Winter Warm-Up features the Blues’ Community Challenge — an 8-week contest between nine greater Lansing communities. Teams from each community will compete by signing up community members to log physical activity. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is awarding grants to all participating community teams. Larger awards will go to those teams that log the most miles. The grants will support public health and wellness projects in each community. More than 300 attendees had the opportunity to participate in six health screening stations and get baseline measurements of their blood pressure, fitness, body composition, balance, nutrition and flexibility. Becky Dantonio is the official spokeswoman for the Warm-Up. “As a community we can work together to encourage health and wellness throughout our great state of Michigan,” she said. “It’s much easier to stay motivated when you belong to a group or are participating in some type of personal or group wellness challenge. The Warm-Up is a great way to support and reinforce healthy habits in our greater Lansing community.”

Win Prizes For Healthy Habits

The Blues’ Community Challenge offers five individual prizes to registered participants in each community team. Each qualified participant will be entered into a drawing for great prizes at the Celebration Event April 2 at the Lansing Mall. A few prizes include:

  • Lansing Mall and Playmakers gift certificates
  • Ingham County Park annual passes
  • Cookbooks from the American Heart Association and American Caner Society
  • One-week passes to local fitness centers

The nine greater Lansing communities participating are:

  • Charlotte
  • East Lansing
  • Grand Ledge
  • Lansing
  • Williamston
  • Delhi Township
  • Delta Township
  • Lansing Township
  • Meridian Township

Check out the video from last year’s Winter Warm-Up award ceremony in which nine community leaders received grants for health and wellness programs within their communities: Experts say identifying a positive routine and sticking with it for 21 days will initiate a “habit.” Why not make health and wellness your best habit of 2011? Register today for the Blues’ Community Challenge.

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