Port Orchard: City Gets Fit and Fights Hunger

Now though Nov. 14, South Kitsap residents can make a pledge to improve their fitness and help local food banks, all in one step.

The Port Orchard Fit City Challenge/ End Hunger Initiative was conceived by South Kitsap residents Debbie Quinn and Mary Colborn and loosely model on Weight Watchers’ national program in which participants donate a pound of food for every pound lost. Colborn has been involved in efforts to help South Kitsap Helpline purchase the Port Orchard Nursery property and start a community garden to stock food bank shelves.

Organizers launched the challenge in recognition of the role that hunger and obesity play in our national’s health care crisis. According to Colborn, 66 percent of all Americans are overweight, while 35.5 million go to bed hungry every night.

In the Fit City Challenge, participants are invited to sign up and drop off food at several weigh stations around the city or at participating churches. Weigh stations include:
Bayview Java & Deli, 1213 Bay St., (360) 874-7615
Max Fitness, 1476 Olney St. SE, (360) 895-3450
Olympic Fitness Club, 4459 SE Mile Hill Dr., (360) 871-3433
Sugardaddy’s Salon, 834 Bay St. (360) 895-7838
Westcoast Fitness, 1948 SE Lund Ave. #106, (360) 874-2818
Wisteria Lane, 109 Sidney Ave., (360) 874-7800

All weights are private and confidential. Only losses will be noted and celebrated. Weigh ins are not public. Individuals may track their progress privately through the American Heart Association’s Web site: www.startwalkingnow.org, at home or at other weight loss centers. Walking tours and an end of initiative celebration are planned.

The Port Orchard City Council on Tuesday will issue a proclamation in support of the Fit City Challenge.

For more information, contact Debbie Quinn at (360) 876-1781 or Mary Colborn at (360) 621-0050 or fitcitychallenge@yahoo.com.

In other news about local efforts to fight hunger in South Kitsap, Newlife South Church is hosting Sunday lunch for anyone who needs it from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Christian Life Center parking lot (corner of Mitchell and Lincoln avenues) on the last two Sundays of the month.

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