Mayor Castro and Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago announced their participation in the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthier America’s wellness challenge. The challenge tests the ability of San Antonio and Chicago employees to improve their wellness profile the most.
San Antonio.- Mayor Castro and Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago announced their participation in the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthier America’s wellness challenge. The challenge tests the ability of San Antonio and Chicago employees to improve their wellness profile the most.
The competition’s activities, challenges and rewards are funded by a $5 million dollar grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthier America.
"The most important aspect of any community is its quality of life, and one essential ingredient is healthy living,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “Everyone has a role to play in making our communities healthier. Here in San Antonio, we're proud to be working with the beverage industry on programs to help achieve that goal.”
Both cities have been recognized for their leadership in wellness. Chicago has the largest municipal wellness program in the world, with more than 38,000 participants. San Antonio offers a comprehensive wellness program and health vending machines since 2010.
The city has won the Rock and Roll Marathon Get Fit Challenge and the Golden Apple from United Healthcare for the past two years. San Antonio was also awarded the Silver Level Healthy Workplace for the second year in a row from the San Antonio Business Group on Health.
Mayor Emanuel said the opportunity will help both communities take control of their wellness and make healthy choices.
“I am confident that Chicago’s employees are up to the challenge and will use this competition as a way to improve their wellbeing and quality of life,” he added.
Employees in each city will compete for cash prizes upon the improvement of health measurements such as Body Mass Index, quitting smoking, and other factors.
A set of guidelines for the competition will be decided by a team of medical professionals.
At the same time, America’s leading beverage companies are launching the Calories Count™ Vending Program. The vending machine program details calorie information and encourages users to choose low-calorie beverages.
Under the program, The Coca Cola Company, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo will increase availability of low-calorie beverages in vending machines; allow customers options such as “Check and Choose” and “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage”; and add calorie labels to selection buttons.
The wellness challenge begins on January 1, 2013, while the Calories Count™ Vending Program will launch in San Antonio and Chicago in early 2013 and then release to customers nationwide.