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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 02/22/2008
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez ( suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu )
PHONE: (806) 743-2143

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Get Fit Program Receives State Honor

The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke recognized Get Fit Lubbock as the Outstanding Program for the 2008 Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Awards. Healthy Lubbock, a community-wide initiative out of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Garrison Institute on Aging, launched the Get Fit Lubbock campaign on Sept. 15, 2007.

Get Fit Lubbock is a 12-week competition to help people in the community meet their fitness and weight loss goals. The competition includes exercise and weight loss activities, encouragement and support from health and fitness professionals and free Get Fit lectures. The mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle in the community to reap the benefits of improved health and fitness.

More than 1,200 people across Lubbock participated in Get Fit Lubbock, with a total of 145 teams. At the finale of the campaign, teams reported hours exercised and weight loss success. A total of 42,644 hours of exercise was reported along with 5,694 pounds lost by team members. The program will again take place in September 2008.

“Get Fit was a team effort of so many individuals,” said program organizer Annette Nichols Boles of the Garrison Institute on Aging. “This community showed their commitment to getting healthy and we are thrilled that the response was so positive.”

Paula Grammas, Ph.D., executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, said this recognition at the state level demonstrates that Healthy Lubbock is on track to motivating and inspiring people to stay active. She noted that becoming fit improves cardiovascular function as well as helps keep diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay.

Recognition by the council is based on commitment to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in Texas through the implementation of an innovative and effective program. The Garrison Institute on Aging will be honored by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke at the 83rd Annual Texas Public Health Association Conference March 5-7 in San Antonio.

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