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Registration open for second-annual mayor fitness challenge in Oak Creek

This year's challenge will focus less on weight loss, more on health

Aug. 20, 2013

Oak Creek — Registration has begun and dates have been set for Mayor Stephen Scaffidi's second-annual fitness challenge.

This year's theme will center more on general health and less on weight loss.

At last year's challenge, Scaffidi pledged to lose 25 pounds and challenged residents to lose weight. He lost the 25 pounds and the roughly 600 participants lost a total of 1,000 pounds.

Scaffidi said he is shifting his focus from weight loss to general fitness to be more inclusive.

"When you think about it, last year there are a lot of people who really don't need to lose weight but they're not fit," he said.

The first event for this year's challenge will be held at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Franklin at 1 p.m. Sept. 7. The event is scheduled to run until Jan. 4 and will feature free workouts for those who register. Those who participate in 10 or more events will receive a free fitness challenge t-shirt.

To register, visit OCMayorsChallenge.eventbrite.com.

Another shift Scaffidi plans for this year is to take focus away from him and place it on Oak Creek residents. Twelve residents, dubbed the mayor's picks, have been chosen and will be given free memberships to local fitness clubs, will get a free workout and will have their progress recorded on the city's Facebook page.

While the four months haven't been fully scheduled, Scaffidi plans to organize 20 events. Four events have been scheduled for September so far, with a zumbathon, a run and circuit training scheduled.

There are also tentative plans to have fitness challenge social gatherings on Friday nights. Scaffidi said he wanted people to share experiences with each other and get neighbors to know each other through the socials, which would possibly take place at local restaurants.

If Scaffidi could grade last year's event, he said he'd give it an A- or a B+.

"We could have done better getting people engaged all through the finale, but I think the message was that 'this is the toughest time of year to lose weight,'" he said. "They didn't come back but this year we'll engage people all the way thought and we'll keep it fun."

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