Assabet Valley staff launches Fitness Challenge

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The Fitness Committee at Assabet Valley pause long enough for a photo op. ( Photo/submitted)

Region – Sixty-eight staff members from?Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) have dusted off their bicycles, dug out their swimsuits, and laced up their sneakers for a staff Fitness Challenge.? The goal of this year's Fitness Challenge is to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week for seven weeks. So far, this year's challengers have exceeded the Week 1 goal by over 5,000 minutes.

The program has been set up to encourage staff to get moving, get healthy and have fun. Each week has a different theme. A recent theme urged members to step “outside the box” of their usual exercise routine.

This year's Fitness Challenge is part of the school district's ongoing wellness program.? The wellness program at AVRTHS has been in place for several years. Some of the wellness programs and activities have included Weight Watchers at Work, Race to Vegas walking challenge, Biggest Loser competitions, an early-morning Boot Camp, staff aerobics and kickboxing classes, skin cancer screenings, and blood pressure and blood sugar checks.

Superintendent Mary Jo Nawrocki has been logging her minutes, as well, and enthusiastically explained the results of the program.

“Our initial goal with wellness was to keep staff healthy,” she said. “However, these programs have also brought staff closer together, boosted morale, and added an element of fun and competitive spirit to our every day routine.”