2012-05-31 / News

‘Community Challenge’ to kick off

Residents invited to log miles, win for city


Manistique City Manager Sheila Aldrich, far left, and Michael Fedrizzi, BCBSM regional manager, far right, are shown during a check presentation to the 2011 Team Manistique. The team was the winner of the 2011 Let’s Get Moving – Community Challenge, bringing home $2,000 for community projects to increase physical activity in the environment. 
Courtesy photo Manistique City Manager Sheila Aldrich, far left, and Michael Fedrizzi, BCBSM regional manager, far right, are shown during a check presentation to the 2011 Team Manistique. The team was the winner of the 2011 Let’s Get Moving – Community Challenge, bringing home $2,000 for community projects to increase physical activity in the environment. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – The Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan have issued a Community Challenge to the SAH funded communities of Manistique, Munising, St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie, along with the CTG (Community Transformation Grant) communities of Newberry and Kinross, to determine which community’s residents can log the most wellness miles from June 2 through July 27, 2012. The Let’s Get Moving – Community Challenge 2012, encourages residents to be more physically active, while helping each community vie for financial prizes. Team Manistique came in third place in 2010 and first place in 2011.

The six prizes of $2,250; $1,750; $1,250; $1,000; $750 and $600 are to be used by each community to make some change or improvement in the environment to increase access to physical activity. Improvements can include things such as: crosswalks, bike racks, benches, and way-finding signs. The prizes will be awarded based primarily on each community’s average wellness miles per participant, although higher numbers of participants will play a part in award consideration.

“The Let’s Get Moving Community Challenge encourages people to improve their health by staying active and eating right,” said Michael Fedrizzi, BCBSM regional manager. “This approach is more sustainable in the long run because it helps people adopt lifestyles that support overall good health.”

Anyone can participate in the Challenge, but will need to sign up to represent one of the SAH communities. For more information about the Community Challenge, please visit the Healthy UP Communities website at miniurl.org/LGMchallenge. You may also contact the SAH Manistique

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