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Healthy Cleveland Fitness Challenge kicks off

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It's an idea hatched by Cleveland Police Second District Commander Keith Sulzer, and it's just the start of a comprehensive fitness program designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

64 competitors including council members and police officers, were at Lutheran Hospital to kick start the Healthy Cleveland Fitness Program.

"I think this is more about making small changes in your life to get healthier and maybe those changes will become a permanent thing for you," said Commander Sulzer.

The challenge was designed as a comprehensive wellness program, everyone that is involved had their blood pressure, height, weight, waist size and blood sugar checked. The eight teams of eight people will now try and improve those numbers. 

"I am going to be honest, fair and right now my waistline is everywhere but it's not going to be everywhere in three months," said councilman Joe Cimperman.

Everyone donates at least twenty bucks to participate, and the winning team, based on improved health numbers, has the honor of feeling better and donating the money raised to their charity of choice. 

Dr. Brian Donley, the President of Lutheran Hospital, heard the idea and wanted to be a part of the program. 

Lutheran Hospital donated the time and resources to check the competitors vital health numbers.  

"Whether it's raising your family, whether its running a hospital, whether its running the second district, whether its being a councilman, you have to set the example and we're really excited about being a part of this," said Dr Donley.

The competition runs into April when the competitors numbers will be taken again and a winner crowned.

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