From left are planning committee members Lauren Whipple-Cornell and Alexis Robinson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, IMPACT Program Manager Kyleigh Kinney, Ashley Barbur and Jennifer Mainville of HardCORE Fit, and Owner of HardCORE Fit Jessica Baldwin. From left are planning committee members Lauren Whipple-Cornell and Alexis Robinson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, IMPACT Program Manager Kyleigh Kinney, Ashley Barbur and Jennifer Mainville of HardCORE Fit, and Owner of HardCORE Fit Jessica Baldwin. Submitted photo
Written by  Sep 11, 2017

Oswego County Opportunities Challenges Fulton to Get Fit

Oswego County Opportunities’ IMPACT program, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension and HardCORE Fit, invites Fulton community members to get moving this fall by participating in the Get Fulton Fit Wellness Challenge.

Beginning September 18 and continuing through October 15, the Get Fulton Fit Wellness Challenge is a 4-week program aimed at motivating community members to increase their daily physical activity, understand the benefits of good nutrition and learn about other things they can do to improve their overall wellness.

“The Fulton Fit Challenge is a fun way to get moving and get healthy,” said IMPACT Program Manager Kyleigh Kinney. “The challenge is open all community members ages 10 and up. Participants will form teams of 2 to 5 individuals; each team must have a captain who is 18 or older. The goal of the program is to try to have some type of moderate physical activity 30 minutes per day. Teams earn points for their daily activity. Participants can choose the type of physical activity that is right for them; anything from long walks and running to dance classes and strength training. The exercise can vary from day to day.”

Kinney added that those participating in the Fulton Get Fit Wellness Challenge will receive assistance throughout the challenge in achieving their personal goals.

Teams can also earn points by attending activities and events that are being scheduled. OCO has partnered with Jessica Shoults Baldwin of HardCORE FIT to offer free Dance Fitness classes each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at The Oasis, 21 Wilcox Road in Fulton, and free Toning Fitness classes every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at HardCORE Fit, 1332 State Route 176 in Fulton. OCO is also partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide free nutrition education classes each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Participants in the Get Fulton Fit Wellness Challenge will need tickets to attend these events. Other fun activities and bonus challenges will be scheduled throughout the 4-week challenge. Special instructions will be sent out each week.

Participants in the 4-week challenge will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last) when signing up and there will be chances for each team to earn small prizes for attending scheduled activities/events and larger grand prizes at the end.

“To add a little extra incentive we will be awarding prizes to the most successful teams. Each team will track their members’ exercise minutes and submit those online. Points will be awarded for team exercise, participation in the nutrition and exercise classes, and participation in the special activities and bonus challenges we will be hosting. This will be a fun challenge, appropriate for all ability levels,” explained Kinney.

Grand prizes include a Family Pass to Frightmare Farms in Fulton, tickets to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, gift cards to Price Chopper and Subway, a 21-Day Fix Fitness Basket and more!

There are many ways to sign up for the Get Fulton Fit Wellness Challenge including;

Attending the Lake Neatahwanta Trail Walk on Saturday, September 16, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at Bullhead Point in Fulton.

Attending HardCORE Fit’s Dance Fitness class on Sunday, September 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Oasis at Thunder Island, 21 Wilcox Road in Fulton. The class is free for those who sign up.

Visiting @ocoimpactprogram on Facebook or contacting Kyleigh Kinney at [email protected] or call/text 315-412-9999

“We’re happy to be partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension and HardCORE Fit on the Fulton Get Fit Wellness Challenge and promoting the importance of exercise and proper nutrition,” added Kinney.

Established with funding through the New York Department of Health, OCO’s IMPACT program is focused on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Through IMPACT, OCO is seeking to expand opportunities to be physically active and to improve access to healthy foods.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of approximately 20,000 Oswego County residents each. One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs nearly 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1200. OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives. For more information, visit OCO's website at www.oco.org.

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