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Mayor urges Abbotsford residents to get healthy

Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman feels the burn while working out at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre on Wednesday morning. His trainer, Yoshia Burton of Innovative Fitness, is preparing the mayor for the Healthy Community Challenge, which kicks off on March 10 with free registration. The challenge is free and open to everyone. - Kevin Mills
Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman feels the burn while working out at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre on Wednesday morning. His trainer, Yoshia Burton of Innovative Fitness, is preparing the mayor for the Healthy Community Challenge, which kicks off on March 10 with free registration. The challenge is free and open to everyone.
— image credit: Kevin Mills

As a chiropractor, Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman understands the importance of good health. That’s why he jumped at the chance to take part in a fitness challenge.

“It’s time to get back in shape. I’d like to see my abs again one more time before I die.”

Banman said he wants to be an example to citizens to show that a few lifestyle changes can have a big effect on health and he’s hoping the city will get behind the program.

The 2012 Healthy Community Challenge doesn’t begin until March 12, but on Saturday, March 10, Abbotsford residents can sign up for the challenge and have their metrics (body mass index, weight, etc.) taken and recorded.

Registration takes place at  the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.)  or Innovative Fitness (#103 34609 Delair Rd.) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The goal is to get B.C.’ers more active. Once registered participants can log onto the website, record their activities (which earns them points) and track their progress. After 90 days, the community that records the most online points is the winner.

While Banman wants Abbotsford  to win, the important thing is to participate.

When he registered, the first-time Abbotsford mayor tipped the scales at 198 pounds, which he said is already a big improvement from a year ago when he hit the 230-pound mark.

“I did lose 20 pounds while running for office,” he said.

He believes in exercise and its positive effects and said the public has a responsibility to take charge of its own well-being.

“We cannot expect the health care system to do everything for us. Health is something you can make a personal choice about.

“Motion is life. When you're not moving anymore, there’s only one place they put you.”

For more, visit healthycommunitychallenge.com.

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