"It Matters Wellness And Weight Loss Challenge" Begins March 9

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Stop the Madness National, Inc., Mt. Canaan Baptist Church and Media Diva/fitness expert, Donna Elle, have joined together to bring the “It Matters Wellness and Weight Loss Challenge” initiative to the Chattanooga area. This health initiative is a comprehensive program with a specific focus on building healthy communities and a culture to promote and support lifelong healthy habits. The challenge is designed to encourage individuals on ways to manage stress, make healthy food/beverage choices and find ways to include physical (even fun) activity into a person’s daily routine. 

The challenge will begin on March 9 and will include a weight-loss component the first 13-weeks.  The weight-loss component will end on June 8. However, the wellness/health component will continue on through the end of 2013. Events will include:   

Registration:  Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at “The Venue” @ TN Temple University, 801 Orchard Knob Avenue   

Kickoff and Initial Weigh March 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at “The Venue” @ TN Temple University, 801 Orchard Knob Avenue         

The Kick-Off will consist of on-site registration, weigh-ins, local community vendors, healthy snacks & beverages, health/fitness demos, and lots of door prizes. There is no cost to join or participate in challenge. However, registration is required. For more information, please contact 218-WELL (9355)


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