City Manager issues challenge to ditch the dessert

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 11:50am

As part of the Fit City Challenge, Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel has challenged local civic, social and business organizations to ditch the dessert during the month of May at luncheon meetings.

“The mission of the Fit City Challenge is to improve the health of our community one step, one bite and one health conscious decision at a time,” explained McDaniel. “This is one small step that we can take to set an example of good eating habits that will put us on the path to a healthier lifestyle.”

All City Departments, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tyler Economic Development Council (TEDC) have taken up the ditch the dessert challenge and will be forgoing sweets at their luncheon meetings during May.

“We are happy to take part in the ditch the dessert challenge,” said Tom Mullins, CEO and president of the TEDC and Chamber of Commerce. “It is such an easy thing to do but is setting a great example.”

The Fit City Challenge is a community-wide campaign to promote fitter lifestyles in Tyler and the rest of East Texas, led by the Tyler Morning Telegraph with the help of community leaders.

“The idea of the Fit City Challenge is simple,” said Dave Berry, editor of the Tyler Paper. “Through our reporting, we want to educate the community, providing information that highlights programs, tips and tools with which to fight obesity. Through the Fit City Council, a group representing medical, educational, governmental, business and charitable groups, we hope to inspire and challenge individuals, families, businesses and communities to take the first of many steps toward healthier lifestyles.”

For more information on the Fit City Challenge, visit www.fitcitytyler.com.

From City of Tyler

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