Commit to Fit! 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Business-to-Business Challenge Registration now open to Genesee County Businesses, Organizations, and Community Groups

To promote health and wellness within the local business community while creating some “healthy” competition, Commit to Fit! is pleased to present the 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Challenge. Now in its eighth year, the community-wide, business-to-business wellness challenge will take place from October 1st to October 31st. Pre-registration for businesses, organizations, and community groups is now open via Commit to Fit.

The challenge is available free-of-charge to any Flint & Genesee County business, organization, or community group interested in bringing wellness to the workplace. Last year, over 130 local businesses and organizations participated.

Throughout the month of October, Fall 4 Fitness participants will track and earn points for their physical activity, with a daily goal of being active or exercising for 35 minutes per day. As challenge participants, individuals will earn Commit to Fit! Wellness Points for their Business, Organization, or Community Group for all physical activity tracked on commit2fit.com.

Based on their employee participation, businesses will compete against one another to see which will be recognized and rewarded for achieving the “Highest Level of Participation” and “Highest Level of Goal Attainment” with the winners earning the Commit to Fit! distinction of the “Healthiest Business in Genesee County.”

Individuals who reach the challenge goal of 35 minutes of physical activity daily throughout the month will also be entered into a raffle drawing to win cash prizes, fitness club memberships, and more! All registration and activity tracking is done online via Commit to Fit’s website, commit2fit.com, a free interactive wellness website made available to all who either live or work in Genesee County as a free resource to track and improve health behaviors while also providing health tips, tools, and additional resources. The Fall 4 Fitness Challenge is generously sponsored by Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (Platinum Level), HAP (Silver Level), and ELGA Credit Union (Silver Level).

How to register:
• Any Flint & Genesee County Business, Organization, or Community Group should first complete the online business commitment form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F4F2018
• Local residents and/or employees from registered businesses can join the challenge by visiting www.commit2fit.com and logging in anytime!

The 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Challenge kickoff event will take place Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Flint Farmers’ Market Outdoor Pavilion.

About Commit to Fit!

Commit to Fit! is a program of the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) focused on improving the health and health behaviors of Genesee County’s residents. It is one component of the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s County Health Rankings Action Plan, an eight point action plan developed collaboratively by the GFHC and its multi-sector community and institutional partners that outlines a series of short and long-term strategies to improve Genesee County’s health. For more information on Commit to Fit! and the County Health Rankings Action Plan visit www.commit2fit.com.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition

Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and partnership between Genesee County hospitals, physicians, business, insurers, public health professionals, policymakers, government leaders, educators, organized labor, community organizations, residents, and all those concerned about the well-being of our community and its residents. The two-fold mission of the Greater Flint Health Coalition is to improve the health status of Genesee County residents and the quality and cost-effectiveness of the health care system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund Awards Two-Year Grant to Greater Flint Health Coalition to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Flint & Genesee County

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund has awarded the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) a two-year $499,950 grant to implement a Community-Wide Strategy to Address the Opioid Epidemic. This project, led by the GFHC Mental Health & Substance Use Task Force will engage children, seniors, and community residents most impacted by the opioid crisis through a multi-sector effort to build and strengthen workforce capacity, use upstream prevention strategies, and coordinate care, services, and community resources to improve the treatment for and prevention of opioid misuse. Key project partners include: Genesee Health System, Genesee County Medical Society, New Paths, Families Against Narcotics (FAN), Genesee Intermediate School District, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Flint, and Genesys Health System.

“With the diversity of factors influencing the opioid epidemic in the community as well as nationwide, the support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will allow the Greater Flint Health Coalition to implement a multi-sector strategy to both treat opioid addiction and prevent future misuse in Genesee County,” states Kirk Smith, President & CEO of the Greater Flint Health Coalition.

Within the State of Michigan, Genesee County has the 18th highest rate of opioid deaths and has seen a steady increase 2013. In 2015, there were 54 deaths from opioid/heroin overdose. Genesee County residents had 14,820 prescriptions per 10,000 residents, an average of 1.5 opioid prescriptions for every county resident in 2015, a 46% increase compared to 2009. To learn more about the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition

Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and partnership between Genesee County hospitals, physicians, business, insurers, public health professionals, policymakers, government leaders, educators, organized labor, community organizations, residents, and all those concerned about the well-being of our community and its residents. The two-fold mission of the Greater Flint Health Coalition is to improve the health status of Genesee County residents and the quality and cost-effectiveness of the health care system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

About the Michigan Health Endowment Fund

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. More information about the Health Fund can be found at mhealthfund.com.