(02/04/13) - It's a shout out to college kids to get out of bed, and get into shape - a sweat it out competition between schools and students.
"We've got Baker College versus Mott College versus UM-Flint. We're trying to see who can be the most active and recognize that institution for doing that," said Tony Cuttitta, of the Greater Flint Health Coalition.
It's all part of the Greater Flint Health Coalition's first ever Commit to Fit College Challenge.
"College students today have so many challenges. They don't eat right, they stay up late. They do everything but take care of their body, so let's move it," said Boe Glasschild, UM-Flint health mentor.
As part of the program, free group fitness classes are being offered at UM-Flint, Hurley, Genesys, and the Riverfront Banquet Center - along with some other incentives.
"Up to $100 in cash prizes, gift certificates to restaurants and bookstores, and for those who visit Twitter regularly throughout the challenge, they'll have a chance to win an iPad Mini," Cuttitta said.
The goal is to log in and track as many minutes of physical activity as possible on Commit to Fit's website throughout the month of February. Baker College student Meghan Kelly is making the commitment, and doing whatever it takes and whatever fits into her busy schedule.
"I play Just Dance on the Wii. I go to the gym twice a week. I do Zumba. I'll probably work out more because I have to log in," she said.
So far, the response has been more than organizers had anticipated.
"About 500 have signed up already, and we're hoping for 1,000 by the end of the week," Cuttitta said.
If you'd like to register for the Commit to Fit College Challenge, click HERE.
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