Lehi creates program to help families get healthy in 2016

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Get Fit LehiForget individual fitness goals or weight loss contests — in Lehi, it’s all about family.

A few years ago, the mayor started an initiative to get the whole family involved in being healthy, and Get Fit Lehi was born, said Cameron Boyle, assistant to the city administrator.

Once a family has signed up, they set their own fitness goals each month and are entered into a raffle for prizes. And it doesn’t have to be just exercise — it can be eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking less soda or getting more sleep. Each member of the family gets one point per day that they meet the month’s goal, and at the beginning of the month they turn in their past points and set a new goal.

“It’s a great incentive for families,” said said Melanie Hansen, special event coordinator for the city.

A family earns raffle entries each month depending on the number of points they had, and the city evens out the number of entries so that large family doesn’t have an advantage over a small family. For example, a family of six and a family of two who each got the maximum number of points for a month would have the same number of raffle entries, Hansen said.

Prizes are usually fun things to do around Lehi — bowling at Jack and Jill, passes to Thanksgiving Point or Funtopia — or a utility bill credit, she said.

About 100 families have signed up so far this year, but it’s not too late. The city takes on new participants until October, and you don’t have to do it every month, Hansen said.

“I’m pretty excited about it this year,” she said. “I think it’s a great program and I hope more people want to sign up.”

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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