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Wellness Resource website launched

The City of Sugar Land, the Mayor’s Fitness Council and Shape Up Sugar Land launched a new website on Feb. 17 to provide community wellness resources.  

The website – http://shapeupsugarland.org/ – is funded through a grant from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The Mayor’s Fitness Council contracted with Shape Up Sugar Land to develop the website and increase fitness awareness in Sugar Land.  

Existing community assessments were reviewed and two focus groups were held with residents to explore several program ideas generated by the Mayor’s Fitness Council.  The focus group results focused on the need to develop a resource-orientated website to promote fitness activities in Sugar Land.

The interactive website is intended as a tool to promote wellness activities, events and resources -- basically a “one stop shop” for those seeking knowledge or details on health- and wellness-related activities and information.

Be sure to check out the “Healthy Mondays” tab, a feature on the site that builds on the nationally recognized day dedicated to increasing health awareness, empowerment and action.  “People plan their lives around the week with Monday as the start,” said Mayor James Thompson. “What if every Monday triggered and sustained healthy behaviors? Then Monday would become the day all health breaks loose!”

While on the site:

• Download coupons for health-related products and services;

• Join an e-mail list to receive updates on important events and wellness information;

• Visit the youth forum, a feature designed to engage an important part of the community in the dialogue for a healthier Sugar Land;

• Locate local recreational and sports activities using an interactive calendar; or

• Find answers to wellness questions (What is lactate profile testing? “What is gait analysis? How do I take care of myself after a race? “What is VO2 max testing?).

Shape up Sugar Land President Nicole Volek encourages non-profit organizations that are hosting health-related fundraisers (i.e., golf tournaments, cycling events, walks, etc.) to post events on the site at no charge.  For-profit groups may also sign up to post events for an annual fee of $300. For more information, contact Joy Dowell at (281) 844-4982.

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