North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge participants pledge to keep healthy habits

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NORTH ADAMS — Sharing challenges, success stories and changes in routines, city participants in the Mayor's Fitness Challenge gathered to celebrate Saturday morning at the North Adams Farmers Market, with many promising to keep their healthy habits going.

On behalf of the program's organizers, Amanda Chilson said it is the hope that the progress that was established over the past 10 weeks will continue on indefinitely as community members continue to be mindful of what they eat and drink, as well as utilize the many resources in North Adams that promote physical activity.

During the program, the North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge offered through its website and social media, ideas of things to do to stay active. There were also in-person programs, like a nutritious potluck held earlier this month for participants. The program also provided incentives, ranging from free fitness classes and blood pressure screenings, and an opportunity for registered participants to rack up points and prizes for making more healthy decisions.

"Through North Berkshire Mass in Motion and the many resources and organizations within and around North Adams, the community can continue to increase the health and wellness of our city," Chilson said.

The northern Berkshire event has been organized by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's North Berkshire Mass in Motion and the Mayor's Fitness Challenge Planning Team, and the city of North Adams.

A tandem fitness challenge has been simultaneously held in Pittsfield, with Mayor Linda Tyer.

The Pittsfield Mayor's Fitness Challenge celebration will be held from 5 to 8 this Thursday, in front of 100 North St., during the Pittsfield Third Thursdays downtown celebration.


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