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NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL AND THE CITY OF NEWTON JOIN TOGETHER TO OFFER FIRST ANNUAL SPRING INTO ACTION INITIATIVE
Free Three Month Program Encourages Newton Residents to Embrace Healthy Lifestyles
NEWTON, Mass. (February 20, 2009) – Calling all Newton residents! Registration has begun for Spring into Action, a new and unique initiative aimed at pursuing healthy lifestyles through increased physical activity and better nutrition. The program, sponsored by Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Newton Health Department, will start on March 22 and end on June 20.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Newton to activate and engage Newtonians, build a strong sense of community spirit and harness the power of teamwork and competition to inspire residents to change their attitudes and behaviors toward their health,” said Michael Jellinek, MD, President, Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Spring into Action will begin with a special kick-off event on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-12pm at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the Allen-Riddle Building Living Room. At this event, all registered participants will receive a free health assessment (i.e. weight check, blood pressure, BMI, and body fat analysis), nutrition information and fitness tips, along with a program t-shirt and daily journal, which will be used to track participants' progress throughout the program.
“I am proud to endorse Spring into Action as an Activate Newton program,” said Newton Health Commissioner David Naparstek. “This initiative is different from other weight loss challenges that we’ve heard about. Spring into Action addresses the fact that there are many more components to a healthy lifestyle than just weight loss. We hope this program is a springboard for Newton residents to think about making some positive changes in their lives.”
Participants can register as individuals or teams and will track a variety of “metrics” throughout the 12-week program, including their weight loss, exercise hours, calories burned, and miles walked, to name a few.
Registered participants will benefit from free lectures, interactive workshops, a healthy cooking demo, a private "healthy shopping tour" at a local grocery store, exclusive access to Newton-Wellesley Hospital registered dietitians and fitness experts, and small prizes to recognize positive results on a weekly basis.
In addition, participants will receive weekly exercise and nutrition tips via email to provide the tools they need to get started with a successful lifestyle change. Spring into Action will conclude on Saturday, June 20 with a "closing ceremony" with Newton Mayor David B. Cohen on City Hall grounds to announce the success of the program, highlight participant results and award prizes.
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