Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan challenges Michigan communities to increase physical activity during the 2014 MI Big Green Gym Blues Community Challenge

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is helping coordinate the Grand Rapids Team.  You can find more information on joining the team and logging activity at our event page.

The 2014 MI Big Green Gym Blues Community Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a free, eight-week competition that encourages participants of all ages to commit to improve their health by exercising in Michigan’s wonderful outdoor parks and recreation spaces and join their local community to compete in a physical activity competition. The participating teams are Team Marquette, Team Grand Traverse, Team SELCRA (Southeast Livingston County Recreation Authority), Team Grand Rapids and Team Emmet County.

The MI Big Green Gym Blues Community Challenge is part of the MI Big Green Gym initiative, a partnership between BCBSM, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that encourages Michigan residents to take advantage of the state’s extensive network of quality parks and recreation options. With 101 state parks and hundreds of community recreation agencies that offer a wide variety of physical activities, people can easily pursue fitness interests year-round, from yoga and swimming to hiking and paddling.

To participate in the Blues Community Challenge, members of each competing team log minutes or miles of exercise through the online WalkingWorksTM program in order to determine which team tracks the most activity at the end of the challenge. BCBSM is awarding grants to all participating teams, with larger rewards earmarked for communities with the most logged miles. The grants will be used to support public health and wellness investments in each community. The competition is open to any person who wishes to participate.

Those interested in participating in the Blues Community Challenge can enroll in the competition and support their local community team by visiting www.WalkingWorks.com.

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