THE Iloilo City government has accepted the challenge to become the Fitness City of the Philippines.
The city is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to commit to the nationwide fitness and wellness campaign organized by trainers Jim and Toni Saret of Philippine Olympic Committee.
The healthy lifestyle drive will be launched in Manila on May 23, 2017.
According to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, the city hall department heads pledged to take part in the campaign dubbed as “Fit Filipino 1-Million Pound Weight Loss Challenge.”
With the purpose to gather 1 million pounds in the country within six months, the Saret couple went to Iloilo City and presented the campaign to the Ilonggos.
“Mayor Mabilog said he will support it without hesitation. This is a jumpstart as we strongly aim to move more Filipinos to become healthier, fitter and stronger,” said fitness advocate Marge Tamayo.
Mabilog also said Iloilo City committed to donate 7,200 pounds.
The Saret couple eyed Iloilo City as among the top fitness and wellness cities in the country.
“A lot of activities are being done while this city moves to become better. It is not far to become a fitness city, too,” added Tamayo.
To those who will join the program, they are required to register and undergo a weigh-in.
“Each individual will be entitled to register. There will be a website to be activated. There will be also walk-in registration to be made through our supermarket partners,” Tamayo explained.
Individuals who will lose 10 pounds at the end of the campaign will be given rewards.