Sky Fitness launches "Healthy Hometown" program

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Updated: 1/01/2013 10:04 am Published: 1/01/2013 10:03 am

Sky Fitness & Wellbeing™ announced the Healthy Hometown initiative aimed at improving the health of Tulsa.

Healthy Hometown is set to provide health and wellness programs for all of Tulsa to improve Tulsa’s listing on a national “fattest cities” list.

The first member-based initiatives include:

-GetFIT! Rewards: an incentive program designed to reward members who make an ongoing commitment to health and fitness. Members who visit Sky five times or more per month receive a 20 percent discount off the next month’s dues, an unprecedented move in the fitness industry.

-Free childcare at SkyKids: Parents now receive two free hours of childcare per day at SkyKids for children independently walking, while the parent is using Sky facilities.

- KidFit!: Sky Kids now offers KidFit!, group exercise for kids aged 7 to 12; Wiggles and Giggles, mobility and hand- eye coordination training for toddlers; and kid yoga for free to children of members.

For non-members, Sky is offering the following during January:

-Free nutrition seminars each week in January

-Free weekly Facebook question and answer sessions with Sky’s nutrition services director

Additionally, Sky is working with local restaurants to identify healthy options from their menu. Sky will post local healthy picks on

In 2012, Men’s Health Magazine ranked Tulsa eleventh on the Fattest Cities List. The Sky team plans to spend the next year helping Tulsa improve their ranking on this publication’s ratings.

“We love our city, and it’s heartbreaking to know that the health of our friends and neighbors is so poor that we’re listed as the eleventh fattest city in the United States,” said Jared Meacham, fitness services director at Sky. “We are excited about reaching out to the Tulsa community in 2013 to help everyone improve their health, reaching well beyond our membership base.”

In 2009, Men’s Health listed Oklahoma City on the list of fattest cities. After the listing, the mayor of Oklahoma City essentially put the city on a diet. His efforts, and the efforts of the citizens to improve their own health, equaled a ranking on the 2012 Men’s Health Fittest Cities list.

“Oklahoma City has set a wonderful example in improving the fitness ranking for our historically unhealthy state,” said Lesli Schnare, group fitness director at Sky. “We are thrilled to help Tulsa follow their lead in making changes in health behaviors to improve our lifestyles and overall fitness.”

Healthy Hometown is a permanent Sky program which will provide new and changing health opportunities to Tulsa. The initial programs begin as of Dec. 26, and will continue through 2013.

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