Released by the City of Longview:
LONGVIEW, TX - For the second consecutive year, the City of Longview has been named the "Fittest City in Texas" for the 20,000 – 99,999 population range in the Texas Round-Up Governor's Challenge. In addition to the city challenge category, the Longview community won more than 20 additional awards in the categories of school, service organizations, corporate challenge, municipal organizations, fitness clubs and family challenge.
Longview's Get Fit Challenge winners will be honored at a recognition ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 10, at the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living, 611 Hawkins Parkway. At the ceremony, Mayor Jay Dean will recognize the efforts of participants and present awards.
The purpose of the Fitness Challenge is to encourage adults to exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. For children, the challenge is to exercise 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
According to Mayor Jay Dean, "We realize that obesity is a serious issue for our community, state, and nation, which is why it is encouraging to see so many Longview residents participating in the fitness challenge. As a community, we need to continually be dedicated to healthy, active lifestyles."