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Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge Applications Available

20 families will be selected


The Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge, a 12-week family wellness challenge offered by the City of Columbia, will return for a second year to encourage families to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The 2017 family wellness challenge will kick off Monday, May 1 and will be held through July 23. The wellness challenge is free and open to the public. Participants must be age 6 and older.

Up to 20 families will be selected to compete in the wellness challenge. A family can include at least one child and one adult living in the same household. Grandparents who live in the same household can also participate.

Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said the wellness challenge was a huge success last year and is looking forward to helping more families take charge of their health.

“We’re excited to offer the Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge to the community again this year,” said Devine, who is spearheading the citywide wellness initiative. “We recognize the importance of committing to healthier and more active lifestyles, so our goal is to continue to provide opportunities for our citizens to have access to the tools and resources they need to improve the health of their entire family.”

A kick-off celebration will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 3-5 p.m. at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way for those families who are selected to compete in the challenge.

Families must complete an application and describe why their family should be considered for the wellness challenge and list the goals they want to reach by participating.

Participants will be asked to track their meals and activities, and participate in a variety of special events throughout the challenge. Participants will receive points in the following categories:

  • Fitness
    • Exercise program (on their own or at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center)
    • Scheduled group activity
  • Nutrition/Gardening
    • Attending cooking and nutrition classes
    • Attending gardening sessions or planting a garden at home
  • Family Activity
    • Spending time together as a family (sharing or cooking a meal together, attending a special event, exercising, shopping, gardening etc.)

Overall prizes valued at $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three families who log the most points at the end of the challenge.

All participating families will receive a certificate for their participation.

Each family that is selected for the challenge will receive the following:

  • Free health screenings (BMI and blood pressure)
  • Weekly emails providing physical activity and nutrition tips
  • Cookbook
  • 3-month membership to the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center
  • Activity tracking notebook
  • Activity and program calendars
  • Personal potted plant for children
  • Raised garden bed kit for the entire family
  • Boot Camp sessions with a personal trainer
  • Chance to win prizes worth up to $1,000
  • And more!

 Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION-PDF

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

For more information, contact Wanda Austin at 803-315-4964 or [email protected].





The City of Columbia and EdVenture Children’s Museum partnered together to create a new cookbook featuring kid-friendly recipes to help with preparing quick and easy healthy meals and snacks just in time for the back-to-school season. The recipes were created by Chef Kenny Smith of EdVenture Children's Museum.


The cookbook features 13 recipes, and tips on nutrition and fitness. There’s also space in the back of the book for children to write down their own recipes.


The cookbook will be available for free to the public at the following locations while supplies last:

  • City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Administration Office, 1111 Parkisde Dr., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City Hall, 1737 Main St., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Copies are also available through the children's museum's EdVenture's Eats program. For more information on the museum's program, visit www.edventure.org.


For more information, please call 803-545-3100.





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