Jan. 28, 2013
Caption lakeblue:Mayor Greg Stanton, Olympic Gold Medalist, and Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela.
On Jan. 9, Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman kicked off FitPHX, a new city health initiative to get Phoenix moving toward becoming one of the healthiest cities in the nation.
Today, the city launches a new website dedicated to FitPHX, phoenix.gov/fitphx. This website serves as the starting gate for the healthy living initiative, connecting Phoenix communities to existing city health-related programs and services all in an easy-to-navigate website.
“FitPHX is an opportunity to get out, get fit and be healthy,” said Mayor Stanton, who through exercise and better nutrition lost 50 lbs. in 2009. “It doesn’t have to be difficult to get in shape and we’re here to make it easy so Phoenix can be one of the healthiest cities in the nation.”
“Residents now have a comprehensive tool to find fitness and health news, activities and events in our great city,” said Councilman Valenzuela.
“To achieve any goal, from winning an Olympic Gold Medal to shedding a few pounds, you need the right tools, support and a plan,” said Hyman. “This website is a great resource and starting point to get our FitPHX team members on the path to success.”
In 2012, the American Fitness Index ranked the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area 26th out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country for health and community fitness. FitPHX’s goal is to reach the top 10, focusing on obesity, nutrition education, coronary heart disease, asthma, and encouraging the use of public transportation, bicycling and walking to work.
To get started, visit phoenix.gov/fitphx or call 602-262-7446.