YMCA of Greater Toledo Wellness Challenge Ends; 763 People Dropped 2 Tons of Weight in Just 8 Weeks

TOLEDO, Ohio – March 15, 2019 – As part of the YMCA of Greater Toledo’s first Wellness Challenge in 2019, more than 750 people dropped 4,000 pounds over an 8-week period ending last week. The number of participants in the Y program more than tripled from its Wellness Challenge last fall.

“We saw participation jump in our first Wellness Challenge this year jump to 763 due to community partnerships and – we believe – Toledoans’ heightened interest in health living,” said Beth Deakins, director of Healthy Living, YMCA of Greater Toledo. “The benefits of movement and lifestyle change can’t be underestimated.”

“To help participants continue their exercise momentum, we will begin our second Wellness Challenge next week,” added Brad Toft, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo. “The success of these challenges begins and ends with helping people achieve their wellness goals. We opened participation in the first Wellness Challenge of 2019 to Y members and non-members alike, knowing so many start the new year with goals to exercise and improve their overall fitness and health.

“We’re excited about Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s Take It Off Toledo wellness and weight loss challenge – participating in it, getting more Y members and non-members moving and exercising, and raising the overall level of health and well-being of our community.”

In addition to its second Wellness Challenge starting next week, the Y is also offering prospective members a full free month (June) if they sign up for a 12-month membership by March 31.

About the YMCA of Greater Toledo

The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites – used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for more than 150 years. Learn more at www.ymcatoledo.org; learn about the national organization at www.ymca.net.

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